September 22, 2021

Mexico: New pictures approved for the next round of warnings, including with reference to COVID-19

On 15 September 2021, the requirements for Mexico’s next round of pictorial health warnings were published in the Official Journal. Mexico requires a 30% picture warning on the front, a […]
August 27, 2021

Germany: Tobacco Duty Modernisation Act adopted

The German cabinet adopted the draft Tobacco Duty Modernisation Act on 10 August 2021 and was promulgated on 17 August 2021. With this legislation, the German Government is adapting tobacco […]
July 3, 2021

Turkey: Increased size of pictorial health warnings

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey has adopted on 30 June 2021 an amendment to the regulation of manufacturing and labeling of tobacco products, requiring the increase in […]
July 1, 2021

Denmark: plain packaging legislation adopted

The Danish Parliament has adopted in December 2020 an amendment to the Tobacco Act – the main source of law regulating tobacco products – establishing a requirement to ensure that […]
June 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Cambodia expands the ban to HTPs in the country

The National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) of Cambodia issued a new directive, on 18 March 2021, instructing all relevant ministries and institutions to take immediate action to stop the […]
March 18, 2021

Report on implementation practices of Article 12 of the Protocol launched

The report on Examples of current practices on the implementation of Article 12 (Free zones and international transit) of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was launched […]
March 10, 2021

Lebanon: growers explore shifting from tobacco

Tobacco growers in the South of Lebanon have felt in the past years that growing tobacco is no longer a profitable business, compared to the investment in time and effort […]
February 12, 2021

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Every year, 2.7 million people in the European Union (EU) are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it. Over 40% of cancer cases are preventable. Without reversing current […]
February 2, 2021

Ukraine: new tobacco tax measures enter into force

On 1 January 2021, new tobacco tax measures entered into force under Law 466-IX “On Amending the Tax Code of Ukraine on Improving Tax Administration, Eliminating Technical and Logical Inconsistencies […]
January 18, 2021

New marking on tobacco products filters containing plastic in the European Union

On 17 December 2020 the regulation (EU) 2020/2151 implementing Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products […]
January 15, 2021

Cabo Verde strengthens its tobacco taxation policies

On 31 December 2020, the Government of Cabo Verde adopted Law No 109/IX/2020, which incorporates the State Budget for 2021. The specific tax on cigarettes was increased, introducing a fee […]
January 11, 2021

Paraguay: Protección de los espacios públicos contra el consumo de tabaco

La Presidencia de la República del Paraguay aprobó el 29 de diciembre de 2020 el Decreto 4624, que modifica el Decreto 7606/2017 que regula la Ley 5538 de control del […]
January 11, 2021

Paraguay: Protection of public spaces from tobacco use

The Presidency of the Republic of Paraguay adopted Decree 4624, on 29 December 2020, which modifies Decree 7606/2017 that regulates Law 5538 on tobacco control. The new decree regulates the […]
January 1, 2021

Italy/Milan: expanding smoke-free environments

The municipality of the city of Milan, in northern Italy, has recently issued a regulation that might prove of interest to the tobacco control community. The act is titled ‘Regulation […]
December 21, 2020

Australia: the Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction issues its final report

On 6 October 2020, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction (the Committee). The Committee was in charge of inquiring into and reporting on tobacco reduction […]
October 2, 2020
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Russian Federation: New regulations on nicotine-containing products adopted

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, approved on 31 July 2020, new amendments to the Tobacco Control Law, aiming to harmonize the regulation of tobacco and other nicotine […]
October 1, 2020

The Netherlands: Implementation of plain packaging from 01/10/2020

Effective from 1 October 2020, all tobacco products in the Netherlands will be produced in neutral (plain) packaging as a standard, following the growing list of Parties that have already […]
September 29, 2020

The Netherlands: Four tobacco companies fined 82 million euros by Dutch competition watchdog

Each cigarette manufacturer determines its own price that consumers pay in stores for a pack of cigarettes. This price is always printed on the pack. That is different from almost […]
August 17, 2020

Myanmar: Ministry of Health and Sports guidelines on interactions with the tobacco industry

The Ministry of Health and Sports of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar adopted, on 17 August 2020, Directive 91/2020 which contains guidance on interactions with […]
July 24, 2020

A remarkable public health victory in Kazakhstan

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, approved on 8 July 2020 a comprehensive set of tobacco control measures as part of the so called Health Act. This […]
July 15, 2020

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July 7, 2020

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June 27, 2020

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June 5, 2020

The Big Ban in Bhutan

The Hon. Minister of Health of Bhutan launched on World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), 31 May 2020, the publication entitled “The Big Ban: Bhutan’s journey towards a tobacco-free society”. This […]
May 20, 2020

European Union: Ban on flavoured tobacco products

The 2014 European Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, in relation to the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products prohibited the placing on the market of cigarettes and roll-your-own […]
February 25, 2020

Strengthened tobacco control in Bolivia: 100% smoke-free

The Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia adopted, on 13 February 2020, the new Law No 1280 on Prevention and Control of the Consumption of Tobacco Products strengthens the protection of […]
February 25, 2020

Turkey: ban on imports of electronic cigarettes

On 24 February 2020, the Official Gazette of Turkey published the Presidential Order issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, banning the importation of electronic cigarettes and related products in the […]
February 24, 2020

Mexico prohibits the import of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products

On 19 February Mexico banned the importation of electronic cigarettes, with or without nicotine, and heated tobacco products through a Presidential Decree. The Decree, published in the Federal Official Gazette […]
February 10, 2020

Pakistan extends its ban of tobacco advertising

The Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) 72(I)/2020 approved on 30 January 2020 bans online advertising of tobacco products, as well as point of sale advertising and display of tobacco products. This […]
January 20, 2020

India adopts ban on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products

The Parliament of India passed on 5 December 2019, Act No. 42 of the Ministry of Law and Justice on the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes. The Act establishes the ban […]
December 19, 2019

Santé Canada propose des règles plus strictes concernant la promotion des produits de vapotage et finalise les exigences en matière d’étiquetage et d’emballage des produits de vapotage

Des données récentes montrent que les taux de vapotage chez les jeunes au Canada augmentent à un rythme inquiétant. Le gouvernement du Canada a donc pris un certain nombre de […]
December 19, 2019

Health Canada proposes stricter rules on vaping product promotion, and finalizes labelling and packaging requirements for vaping products

Evidence shows that youth vaping rates in Canada are increasing at a concerning pace. The Government of Canada has taken a number of steps in recent months to address the […]
November 25, 2019

Australia: new guidance on interactions between public officials and the tobacco industry

The Department of Health’s “Guidance for Public Officials on Interacting with the Tobacco Industry” was released in November 2019, outlining the legal obligations placed on public health organizations and officials […]
November 20, 2019

Austria: comprehensive smoking ban adopted

The Austrian Government adopted, in November 2019, a comprehensive smoke-free policy, which also includes bars and restaurants among the premises covered by the ban. Up until now, smoking had been […]
October 25, 2019

Saudi Arabia imposes higher taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes, as well as on restaurants and cafes selling tobacco

Saudi Arabia started to apply 100% excise tax on all tobacco products in compliance with the agreed Gulf Cooperation Council tax increase to harmful products to human health and the […]
September 12, 2019

Thailand: the plain packaging legislation enters into force

The 12 September 2019 marks the entry into force date of the regulation on plain cigarette packaging in Thailand that was officially gazette on 14 December 2018. The law permits […]
August 31, 2019

Saudi Arabia adopts plain packaging on tobacco products

The groundbreaking step of introducing plain packaging for all tobacco products has now been completed by Saudi Arabia. The regulation issued by the Food and Drug Authority has now entered […]
July 26, 2019

Republic of Moldova: amendments in the 2007 tobacco control act

Republic of Moldova passed amendments to the national tobacco control law 278/2007 (as amended in 2015) with primary aim to include ENDS, heated tobacco products and the devices used with […]
June 20, 2019

Maldives: New labelling regulations enforced

Tobacco packs with design features have started to appear in stores in Maldives. It was this year’s World No Tobacco Day that marked in Maldives the entry into force of […]
May 21, 2019

Brazil sues tobacco companies

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the world and it is no exception in Brazil. Every year 156,000 people are killed in the biggest country in […]
May 17, 2019

Belgium, fifth European country to adopt plain packaging

As of 1st January 2020, Belgium will be joining the growing number of countries that have adopted plain packaging and therefore be the fifth one in Europe, after France, the […]
May 15, 2019

France prohibits the promotion of PMI project in motorcycle Grand Prix

In a referral order dated 15 May 2019, the interim relief judge of Le Mans ruled in favor of the Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (CNCT), a public organization whose […]
May 1, 2019

Canada : New comprehensive plain packaging regulations for tobacco packaging and products

On 1 May 2019, Canadian Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced the adoption of comprehensive plain packaging regulations for tobacco packaging and products, effective from 9 November 2019 at […]
April 29, 2019

Uruguay adopts plain packaging

The Decree 806, to give effect to Law No 19.723 dated 21 December 2018, was adopted by the Ministry of Public Health on 29 April 2019. This regulation will enter […]
March 11, 2019

Singapore: new regulation on standardized cigarette packaging

As part of continuing efforts to promote healthy living and discourage tobacco consumption, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (Amendment) Bill on 11 February […]
March 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority has adopted specific policies vis a vis tobacco manufacturers

Article 5.3 of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) states that “in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to […]
March 5, 2019

Turkey: new regulations on plain packaging

The law No 7151 on healthcare, amending some sections of the country’s 1996 tobacco control act (No 4207), was officially gazetted and entered into force on 5 December 2018. The […]
February 13, 2019

Ethiopia: parliament passing one of the strongest tobacco control legislations in Africa

The Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on 5 February 2019, passed unanimously a new public health legislation on food and medicine administration. The new law covers tobacco […]
February 4, 2019

Belarus: new regulations on production, trade and consumption of tobacco products

On 24 January 2019, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko issued Decree No. 2 to amend two previous decrees in 2002 and 2007, regulating the production, trade […]
January 31, 2019

Pakistan: new pictorial health warning on cigarette packs

On 29 January 2019, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan issued a Notification requiring the use of new pictorial health warning on cigarette packs from […]
January 31, 2019

Samoa: strengthening the country’s tobacco control act

The Tobacco Control Amendment Act (No.4) was passed in Samoa on 31 January 2019. This new act brings amendments to the Tobacco Control Act of 2008 by introducing a few […]
January 28, 2019

Azerbaijan: increase in tobacco excise tax

As an effort to discourage tobacco consumption and reduce devastating health consequences, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan has approved new tobacco excise tax rates through the […]
December 24, 2018

Niue: tobacco control law passed

On 24 December 2018, Niue’s Parliament adopted a first ever comprehensive tobacco control legislation aiming to “protect the health of the people of Niue from the diseases caused by tobacco […]
December 19, 2018

Thailand: first country in Asia to adopt tobacco plain packaging

On 14 December, 2018, a new regulation on plain cigarette packaging in Thailand was officially gazetted, making Thailand the first country in Asia and the first middle-income country to adopt […]
December 3, 2018

Colombia: tobacco use data among youth become available for the first time

On 19 November 2018, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, in collaboration with Universidad del Valle, presented new youth smoking prevalence statistics from the first ever Global […]
November 26, 2018

Ukraine: a significant decline in tobacco use among children over the past decade

New smoking prevalence statistics from the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) in Ukraine were released on 15 November 2018, the International No Smoking Day. The new data were presented […]
October 18, 2018

Uruguay: on the way towards the world’s most comprehensive tobacco branding restrictions

On 6 August 2018, the President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez issued an executive decree requiring tobacco product plain packaging and single presentation. As a global leader in tobacco control, Uruguay […]
September 11, 2018

Timor-Leste: pictorial warnings required on tobacco packages and progress is made towards plain packaging

Since 6 September 2018, all tobacco products sold in Timor-Leste are required to display one of the six official combined text and pictorial health warnings covering 85% of the front […]
September 1, 2018

Australia: latest raise of tobacco excise tax

The price of cigarettes raised on 1 September 2018, following an increase of excise taxes by 12.5%. The Government of Australia, in the 2016-17 Budget had foreseen that a series […]
September 1, 2018

India: new pictures and a quit line number on tobacco product packages

The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Second Amendment Rules were published in India in April 2018. This regulation establishes the new round of pictorial health warnings to […]
August 31, 2018

Bangladesh: the new GATS shows decline in tobacco use

New tobacco prevalence data were issued at the launching of a new Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh. The findings indicate […]
August 9, 2018

Uruguay: Plain Packaging Decree

On Monday, 6 August 2018, the Plain Packaging Decree was signed by President Tabaré Vázquez to advance the implementation of the neutral or generic labelling of cigarette boxes. Uruguay is […]
June 28, 2018

FRANCE: Minister of Health mobilizes the country for strong tobacco control

On Monday 28 May 2018, the French Solidarities and Health Minister Agnès Buzyn reconfirmed the Government’s strong commitment to tackling the tobacco pandemic at national level. During a press conference […]
June 26, 2018

FRANCE: Government committed to protect the environment from tobacco litter

Every year 30 billion cigarette butts are estimated to be disposed in France, with 40% of them ending up on beaches, in forests, rivers and seashores. Moreover, evidence shows that […]
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 […]
August 18, 2017

India: experts gather to help curbing the menace of smokeless tobacco

Inter-Country Meeting on Smokeless Tobacco Policy was organized by the WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco, NICPR from 16 to 18 August in New Delhi. This meeting facilitated […]
August 1, 2017

Luxembourg – new anti-smoking regulations came into force on 1 August 2017

Luxembourg has recently banned e-cigarettes from public spaces in the same way as conventional smoking, and imposed tighter restrictions on smoking around children. Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes vaping are not […]
July 27, 2017

Guyana: new Tobacco Control Bill passed

The Parliament of Guyana passed the Tobacco Control Bill on 27 July and made a big step forward fighting the devastating effects of tobacco and implementing policies in accordance with […]
July 14, 2017

Hungary: plain packs on the shelves

Hungary is now officially the 5th Party to implement plain packaging, as an advanced measure under Article 11 of the Convention. From 20 August 2016 all cigarette packages need to […]
June 30, 2017

Nigeria: anti-tobacco campaign launched

The Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria launched a national tobacco-free campaign that is set to last from June to December 2017. The campaign is an example of the efforts […]
May 5, 2017

Georgia makes a leap in WHO FCTC implementation by adopting new tobacco control legislation

After several years of preparatory work, on 4 May 2017 the Parliament of Georgia adopted a new tobacco control act, amending the existing tobacco control act dated December 2010. The law […]
May 1, 2017

Lao PDR: large pictorial health warnings introduced

New pictorial health warnings covering 75% on both sides of packs must be affixed to all cigarette products of all brands, either domestically made or imported in the Lao People’s […]
March 10, 2017

Pakistan: Provincial governments urged to ensure anti-smoking laws are implemented

On 10 March 2017, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) requested all provincial governments to play a proactive role in discouraging tobacco use and urging for strict implementation of […]
February 17, 2017

Kenya: comprehensive national tobacco control law defended by the Court of Appeal

On 17 February 2017 the decision of the Court of Appeal supported previous lower court’s decision and rejected the legal challenge initiated by British American Tobacco Kenya back in 2014. […]
February 15, 2017

Slovenia passes law to require plain tobacco packaging from 2020

Slovenia’s parliament passed a law imposing plain tobacco packaging from 2020 on 15 February 2017. The law, which was passed by 61 votes for and no vote against, will also […]
February 1, 2017

Malaysia: more public areas becoming smoke-free

On 1 February 2017, the Government of Malaysia officially designated all national and state parks, playgrounds, camp sites and public parks in Peninsular Malaysia as non-smoking zones. These new regulations […]
January 17, 2017

Lithuania: progress on the implementation of the WHO FCTC

On 26 January 2017, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania announced that they adopted new tobacco control measures in line with the WHO FCTC, in two areas, […]
January 3, 2017

Oman: points of sale advertising banned

On 3 January 2017, Oman banned advertisements at the points of sale, including in supermarkets and shops. Dr Jawad Al Lawati, senior consultant and rapporteur for the National Tobacco Control […]
December 23, 2016

Republic of Korea: pictorial health warnings required

On June 2015, the Republic of Korea adopted amendments to its National Health Promotion Act requiring pictorial health warnings. This requirement came into force on 23 December 2016. According to […]
December 13, 2016

Russian Federation: interregional meeting on tobacco control

The meeting was held with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Russia, and was attended by the Director of Public Health Department […]
November 30, 2016

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Court of Appeal rules in favour of standardised packaging

Major tobacco producing companies (British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, JTI and Gallaher) and some of the producers of tipping paper (Tann UK, Tannpapier, Benkert and Deutsche Benkert) appealed to the […]
November 24, 2016

Pakistan: new mass media campaign launched

The Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, in collaboration with Vital Strategies has launched the second anti-tobacco mass media campaign in Pakistan. A 30 second […]
October 26, 2016

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October 25, 2016

Indicator Report