Why are WHO talks on novel tobacco products postponed from COP9 to 2023?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to postpone a discussion on novel tobacco products to a face-to-face event in 2023 – a decision experts are linking to a lack of consensus on what approach to take to tobacco alternatives.

Organisers of the ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which will take place online in November, blames the postponement on “the limited time available for the virtual session and the substantive discussions expected”.

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