Tobacco and vaping

Al Wosail Ballroom

Sunday, November 12, 2023

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM


While decades of tobacco control efforts have reduced smoking rates, the recent rise of e-cigarettes and vaping threatens this progress. This presentation will explore how public health concerns are shifting in response. Though vaping may be less harmful than smoking, its long-term effects remain unknown and youth uptake is surging alarmingly. Complex policies are needed to curb youth access and avoid sustained problem of nicotine addiction.


Views on risks and benefits vary widely, requiring targeted health messaging. Globally, vaping regulations and partnerships lag behind the accelerating pace of change in products and marketing. If current trends continue, decades of gains against tobacco use could unravel. Collaborative action is required to change trajectories and protect population health.