November 24, 2015

Democratic Republic of the Congo: strengthening multisectoral coordination in tobacco control

  On 24 November 2015, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced its commitment to strengthen multisectoral coordination to implement the WHO FCTC. Following a needs assessment exercise that […]
November 23, 2015

Needs assessment conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is a Party to the Convention since 2005. Although progress has been made in implementing some of the provisions of the WHO FCTC, such as increasing […]
November 5, 2015

Nepal: 90% pictorial health warnings implemented

The Government announced in October 2015 that tobacco packages in Nepal will carry pictorial health warnings covering 90% of the main surface areas, up from the previous 75%. Nepal’s pictorial […]
October 26, 2015

France: the law on ratification of the illicit trade protocol adopted

The legislative process leading to the ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products has come to an end in France on 26 October 2015. The French […]
October 12, 2015

European Union: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packages adopted today

An implementing act adopted today lays out specifications for the new combined health warnings on packages of tobacco products for smoking (in particular cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco), which are required […]
October 7, 2015

Ukraine: the Healthcare Committee of the Parliament supports new tobacco package design

On 7 October 2015 parliamentarians of the Healthcare Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament recommended the draft law 2820 “On the amendment of some laws protecting the public from the harmful effects […]
October 1, 2015

United Kingdom: the ban of smoking in private vehicles in the presence of anyone under 18 comes into force in England and Wales

From the 1st of October 2015 it is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18. The law aims to protect children and young people […]
August 12, 2015

Ghana: Increase in tobacco excise duties

As part of efforts to reduce the consumption of tobacco products and its related health hazards, the Parliament of Ghana has approved an increase in tobacco taxes through the passage […]
August 12, 2015

Jamaica: Workshop on the prevention of tobacco industry interference and follow-up actions

A workshop was held on 2-3 June 2015 for government officials to promote implementation of Article 5.3 of the Convention. The workshop was one of the activities that followed the […]
August 3, 2015

AUSTRIA: New tobacco control law adopted

The Austrian Parliament has imposed a complete smoking ban in all Austrian restaurants and other food providers and will be enforced beginning on 1 May 2018. Besides that, incentives of […]