Updates

February 3, 2015

Canada: smoking rates at record low

The 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey data were released on February 3, 2015. The overall smoking prevalence in 2013 was 15% (4.2 million smokers), statistically unchanged from 2012 […]
February 3, 2015

Canada: le taux national de tabagisme le plus bas jamais observé

Les résultats de l’Enquête canadienne sur le tabac, l’alcool et les drogues ont été publiés le 3 février 2015. La prévalence générale du tabagisme en 2013 s’élevait à 15 % […]
February 2, 2015

Kenya : New year brings stronger tobacco control measures

The Tobacco Control Regulations, 2014, published in Kenya Gazette on 5 December 2014 strengthens implementation of the WHO FCTC in Kenya in several areas, further adding to the strong tack […]
January 26, 2015

“Having considered all the evidence, the Secretary of State and I believe that the policy is a proportionate and justified response to the considerable public health harm from smoking tobacco.”

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison confirmed Government backing for the introduction of standardized packaging of tobacco. The Government intends to lay regulations for standardized packaging before the end of March […]
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 […]