Updates

January 2, 2015

Kyrgyzstan: New policies on taxation and pictorial warnings adopted

On the very last day of December 2014, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan approved the Law on increasing taxes, including excise taxes on tobacco products. Excise taxes for different types of […]
January 1, 2015

Sri Lanka: rotating pictorial warnings implemented

Sri Lanka tobacco manufacturers are required, under a court order that is effective from January 1, 2015, to start printing graphic health warnings on cigarette packs. Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court […]
January 1, 2015

Republic of Korea: Smoking ban extended

Since 1 January 2015, smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants, cafes or bars, regardless of their size. In these establishments, the owner can still opt for installing closed booths for […]
December 23, 2014

The Convention Secretariat congratulates Spain on becoming the sixth Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

On 23 December 2014, Spain deposited its instrument of accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Spain, the second of the EU member states to do […]
December 11, 2014

Workshop for Parties in Asia to promote ratification of the Protocol concluded in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Nine Parties – Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam – participated in the first in a series of multisectoral workshops […]
December 8, 2014

Myanmar – the Head of Convention Secretariat meets Deputy Minister of Health

Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, met Dr Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Minister of Health of Myanmar, today, in advance of the Multisectoral Workshop […]
December 3, 2014

Brazil – the new anti-smoking law took effect

A new law took effect on 3 December in Brazil, prohibiting indoor smoking across the country. Before the federal law came into effect, eight states already had their own legislation. […]
November 28, 2014

CHINA – Beijing Municipal Government adopt anti-smoking legislation

Beijing Government adopted anti-smoking legislation to ban smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport vehicles on Friday. The regulation is scheduled to become effective on June 1 next […]
November 19, 2014

Ghana – Minister of Finance announces tobacco excise increase

19 November 2014 – In his speech concerning the budget and economic policy of the Government of Ghana, the Minister of Finance, Seth E Terkper, indicated that Ghana will move […]
November 19, 2014

Hungary – the success story of the country’s smoke-free legislation published

Hungary has been Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control since 2005. In recent years, the Government of Hungary has adopted and implemented a series of strong tobacco-control […]