Updates

June 1, 2015

Bangladesh: 50% picture warning requirements finalized

Bangladeshi State Minister of Health, Zahid Malik, has announced that pictorial health warnings covering 50% of the principal sides of cigarette packages will become mandatory in the South Asian country. […]
May 29, 2015

Republic of Moldova: new comprehensive tobacco legislation adopted by the Parliament

On 29 May, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted a new tobacco control law, after more than one year of parliamentary debate. The law, introduced to Parliament by […]
May 29, 2015

Timor Leste: Government calls on new tobacco regulations on World No Tobacco Day

On 29 May 2015, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo opened the National Advocacy Workshop to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2015. Ministers, Parliamentarians and representatives […]
May 28, 2015

Kenya: WHO AFRO and WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer workshop on health, trade and investment in the East African Region

The WHO Regional Office for Africa and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, a WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on tobacco and trade matters, jointly conducted a capacity building working […]
May 28, 2015

Quebec, Canada: $15.5-billion ruling against three tobacco companies

The Quebec Superior Court awarded $15.5 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) in a landmark class action suit against three big tobacco companies. Following a 17 year lawsuit and 3 years after […]
May 25, 2015

World Health Assembly: Side event on strategies to overcome resistance against pictorial warning messages on tobacco products

In the context of the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, the delegations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand organized a side event addressing strategies to overcome resistance from […]
May 20, 2015

Canada: Province of Nova Scotia bans most flavoured tobacco products

The Eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia has passed legislation banning most flavoured tobacco products. The bill, introduced by Health Minister Leo Glavine, passed the third reading in the Nova […]
May 12, 2015

Nigeria: Senate passes National Tobacco Control Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed a National Tobacco Control Bill on 12 May 2015. The bill covers a broad range of issues such as manufacturing, advertising, sale and labelling. It […]
May 10, 2015

China: Government raises tax rate on cigarettes to 11 percent

The Chinese Ministry of Finance has announced that from 10 May 2015 on, the consumption tax on cigarettes will be 11 percent. This means that the rate, previously at 5 […]
May 8, 2015

Botswana: Subregional Protocol awareness workshop held in Gabarone

From 6 – 8 May 2015, Botswana was host to a 2.5 day multisectoral workshop on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Delegations from ten countries from […]