Updates

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 […]
February 19, 2015

Thailand: The Secretariat of the WHO FCTC backs the Public Health Ministry’s new tobacco control law

Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has expressed support for the draft law in a letter to Prime […]
February 12, 2015

Head of the Secretariat discusses implementation of articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC with FAO Director General

On 12 February 2015, Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, met Dr José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and […]
February 11, 2015

Pakistan: the Minister for National Health Services announces 85% pictorial warnings

The Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar announced on 11 February 2015 that new pictorial warnings will be required on all tobacco packaging to cover […]