June 8, 2015

Palau: national coordination mechanism established

The Republic of Palau is establishing a new national coordinating mechanism, as required under Article 5.2(a) of the WHO FCTC, with its madate covering, beyong tobacco control, all non-communicable diseases. […]
June 3, 2015

Philippines: “Sin tax” on tobacco and alcohol turns out to be a success story

Due to a reform of taxes on tobacco and alcohol products passed in 2012, the Philippines have been able to significantly increase their health budget, allowing them to improve the […]
June 1, 2015

India: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare holds multisectoral consultation on illicit trade

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and WHO, marked World No-Tobacco Day 2015 by holding a National multi-sectoral consultation on the […]
June 1, 2015

Sri Lanka: Health warnings now cover 80% of pack surfaces

With effect from 1 June 2015, health warnings on cigarette packages in Sri Lanka have to cover 80% of the principal sides. Sri Lanka had previously required an 80% warning […]
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 […]