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 […]
February 10, 2015

Chad: Pictorial warnings required on packaging from November 2015

Following a decree signed by the minister of Public Health of the Republic of Chad, Ngariera Rimadjita, on 10 February 2015, all packaging of cigarettes in the Central African country […]
February 9, 2015

“No one wants young people to use tobacco, and it’s time to stop the marketing of tobacco products to young people”

  – the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, told journalists when announcing that the Government will initiate a consultation on a proposal to introduce plain packaging […]
February 4, 2015

The Head of the Convention Secretariat meets the Health Minister of the Gambia

Dr Vera da Costa e Silva met Mr Omar Sey, the Minister of Health of the Gambia during the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board. Dr da Costa e […]
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 […]