Updates

April 24, 2015

Panama: Subregional Protocol awareness workshop held in Panama City

From 22-24 April 2015, the WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat concluded a multisectoral workshop in Panama to promote ratification of and accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco […]
April 8, 2015

Cambodia: new law on tobacco control passed

The Cambodian National Assembly passed the country’s first ever law on tobacco control on 8 April 2015. The law was approved unanimously by all political parties. Later in the month, […]
April 7, 2015

Burkina Faso: pictorial warnings required on tobacco packs

Burkina Faso’s Ministers of Health and Trade signed a joint decree on April 7, 2015, requiring pictorial warnings required on tobacco packs. From October all tobacco packages sold in Burkina […]
April 3, 2015

France: plain packaging will be introduced in 2016

France’s Assembly voted last week to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. From May 2016 all cigarette packs will have the same shape, same size, same color and the same […]
April 1, 2015

Namibia: regulations on pictorial warnings came into effect

With the entry into force of the 2014 Commencement of the Tobacco Products Control Act, all packaging of tobacco products in Namibia is required to bear both pictorial warnings and […]
March 24, 2015

Kuwait: multisectoral Protocol workshop for GCC Parties concluded in Kuwait City

Representatives of different government sectors from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates came together at the second subregional workshop to promote entry into force of the […]
March 17, 2015

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: standardised packaging regulations adopted

The UK’s upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, voted on 16 March 2015, to require that tobacco products are sold in standardized packs. The government plans for the […]
March 12, 2015

Jamaica: long awaited increase in tobacco tax rate

Dr Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance of Jamaica, announced in the Parliament today an increase of 14.28 per cent in the Special Consumption tax (SCT) on cigarettes. As a result […]
March 6, 2015

Canada: the Department of Health proposes new flavour restrictions

  A proposed Order to amend the Schedule to the Tobacco Act, and its associated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, were posted online today in the Canada Gazette, as part of […]
March 3, 2015

Ireland: legislation on plain packaging passed by the Seanad

Ireland has become the first country in Europe, and it is second in the World, to pass legislation requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products. The Public Health (Standardised […]