January 19, 2016

Ukraine: continues to fight the tobacco industry by significantly increasing cigarette tax

  Despite strong opposition from the tobacco industry, the Ukrainian President has signed a new law, which will increase specific excise rate on cigarettes by 40% and ad valorem excise […]
December 15, 2015

Romania: smoke-free legislation passed

  The Romanian Parliament voted on 15 December 2015 on a total ban of smoking in enclosed public places and playgrounds. The law will be signed by the President, expectedly […]
November 30, 2015

France: the process of ratification of the Protocol completed

  On 30 November 2015,  France completed the process of ratifying the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by depositing its ratification instrument at the UN treaty section. […]
November 27, 2015

Gabon: multi-stakeholder meetings to promote tobacco control

Several activities have recently been implemented in Gabon that correspond to the recommendations of the needs assessment exercise that has been jointly implemented by the Convention Secretariat and the Government […]
November 25, 2015

European Union: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/2186 of 25 November 2015 establishing a format for the submission and making available of information on tobacco products

  On 25 November 2015 a Commission Implementing Decision was adopted by the European Commission, which establishes a common format for the reporting of information on ingredients and emissions of […]
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 […]