Updates

June 19, 2018

Sri Lanka: tobacco company requested to pay compensation

In a landmark case, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ordered the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) to pay Lalitha Padmini Fernando a sum of R.s. 400,000 to compensate her for […]
June 18, 2018

Republic of the Congo: three new decrees adopted to implement the 2012 act

On 11 April 2018, the Government of the Republic of the Congo adopted three decrees to operationalize implementation of the tobacco control act of 2012. The new decrees will help […]
February 20, 2018

Singapore increases excise duty on tobacco products by 10%

February 2018 – Singapore is implementing an immediate increase in tobacco excise duty of 10%. The change was announced by Singapore’s Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat, earlier the same day […]
December 29, 2017

Pakistan: expanding pictorial warnings on cigarette packets

Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services and Regulations issued, on 19 December 2017, its order requiring an increase in the size of pictorial health warnings on cigarette packaging to 50%. […]
December 15, 2017

Ukraine: the Parliament approved a 7-year tobacco tax increase plan

On 7 November 2017, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the draft law № 6776-д “On amendments to the Tax Code concerning balancing of the budget revenues in 2018”. This law, […]
December 15, 2017

Brazil: new round of pictorial warnings adopted

Brazil requires a text message on the front 30% of cigarette packages, and a pictorial warning on 100% of the back of the package. The country has finalized its fourth round […]
November 29, 2017

Ireland: Ministers reassert the importance of eliminating tobacco industry interference

On 28 November 2017, Catherine Byrne (Minister of State) and Dr Tony Holohan (Chief Medical Officer) signed an open letter to the Taoiseach, all Government Ministers and all heads (Secretaries […]
October 5, 2017

Tonga: launching of hard-hitting campaign to reduce tobacco use

The Tongan Ministry of Health launched a 6 weeks campaign called Tuku Ifi Leva (Quit Smoking Now) starting on 5 October 2017. The graphic campaign showing the risks of tobacco use including cancers […]
September 25, 2017

Kenya: excise stamps required on all tobacco products

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), in reference to the Excise Duty Act 2016 and the “Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) Regulations, 2017”, calls upon manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers […]
September 14, 2017

Benin: the Parliament adopts a new tobacco control law

After seven years of planning and intense work of the Ministry of Health, the National Assembly of Benin has unanimously adopted, on 14 September 2017, a new tobacco control law […]