Updates

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 […]
November 3, 2014

CSF continues to support Parties through needs assessments

The WHO FCTC Secretariat together with colleagues from the WHO and other UN agencies conducted needs assessment missions in Jamaica, Congo and Togo in August 2014. These missions were possible […]
November 3, 2014

Austria becomes the fifth Party to the Protocol

Austria ratified the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and has become its fifth Party. It is the first country of the European Union to ratify the Protocol, […]
October 15, 2014

India: 85% pictorial warnings required

The new pictorial warnings notification by Government of India mandates 85% pictorial warnings on both sides of the tobacco product packages. The notification was issued on 15 October 2014 and […]
October 1, 2014

Gabon: The Convention Secretariat congratulates the third country to become Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

The Convention Secretariat welcomes Gabon as the third Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, following Nicaragua and Uruguay. On 1 October, H.E. Mrs. Marianne Odette […]
September 30, 2014

Uruguay becomes second Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

The Convention Secretariat congratulates Uruguay on becoming the second Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The first protocol to the WHO FCTC was adopted on […]
September 25, 2014

FRANCE: Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights announced strong measures, including plain packaging

Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights of France, announced, on 25 September 2014, a new National Plan for Tobacco Control.  The plan foresees such as: • […]