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: 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 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 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 […]