Smokeless Tobacco (SLT) is tobacco consumed in the unburnt form, either orally or nasally. It is commonly known as chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco, dip, chew, or snuff (1). SLT use is a recognized public health challenge with more than 350 million users in over 140 countries, especially in South-East Asia. It is comprised of a plethora of unregulated, under-researched and unidentified products. There are growing socio-economic and health concerns related to SLT, particularly in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Therefore, the need for research on various aspects, including effective regulation of SLT use, has been highlighted in various sessions of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
It is with this backdrop, and the decision taken at the sixth session of the COP, that the establishment of a dedicated knowledge hub dedicated to SLT was proposed with the aim of generating and sharing evidence, expertise and knowledge on SLT. Given the high burden of SLT use in India and its efforts to effectively regulate SLT use, the WHO FCTC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India established the WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco (KH-SLT) at the ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR-NICPR), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India on 6th April, 2016.
- National Cancer Institute, USA. Factsheet. Smokeless tobacco and Cancer. Available from: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/smokeless-fact-sheet#q1, accessed on 10/12/17