May 9, 2012

Singapore – Misleading descriptors on tobacco packaging banned

MAY 2012 – A ban on misleading descriptors (including “mild”, “light”, “ultra-light” and “low tar”) on tobacco-product packaging will shortly be introduced in Singapore. This and other changes to the legislation […]
May 8, 2012

Brazil – Ethical guidelines against tobacco industry interference launched

APRIL 2012 – The Brazilian Minister of Health has published 18 April an order establishing ethical guidelines for the members of the National Committee for WHO FCTC Implementation (CONICQ). The CONICQ […]
March 19, 2012

Brazil – Flavoured cigarettes banned

MARCH 2012 -Brazil’s National Health Protection Agency (ANVISA) has banned the use of additives in cigarettes and other tobacco products sold in the country, through a decision taken on 13 […]
March 16, 2012

Ukraine – All forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship banned

MARCH 2012 – On 13 March 2012 Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yanukovych, signed into law a national ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship by the tobacco industry. The law, […]
March 8, 2012

Costa Rica – New tobacco control act adopted

FEBRUARY 2012 -On 27 February 2012 the Costa Rican parliament adopted a new tobacco-control act that replaces legislation in force since 1995, with a view to ensuring implementation of the […]
February 14, 2012

Republic of Moldova – Government adopts national tobacco control strategy and action plan

FEBRUARY 2012 – On 8 February 2012 the Government of the Republic of Moldova approved the National Action Plan on Tobacco Control 2012–2016, which contains measures to ensure full compliance with […]
February 14, 2012

Turkmenistan – President approves national action plan on tobacco control

JANUARY 2012 – On 6 January 2012 Turkmenistan adopted, through a Presidential Order, the National Action Plan on Tobacco Control 2012-2016. The Action Plan covers six main areas: development of WHO […]
January 20, 2012

Hungary – New decree on combined warnings and ban on smoking in all public places

DECEMBER 2011 – On 26 December 2011, a Government decree on the introduction of combined text and picture health warnings was published in the National Gazette. The decree, which entered into force on […]
January 16, 2012

Burkina Faso – Decrees adopted to ensure effective implementation of the 2010 tobacco control act

OCTOBER 2011 -With a view to ensuring the effective implementation of the country’s 2010 tobacco control act, on 30 October 2011 the Council of Ministers adopted three decrees on:  – […]
January 4, 2012

Brazil to become world’s largest smoke-free country

DECEMBER 2011 – On 15 December 2011 the Government of Brazil enacted a new law that protects the health of its more than 190 million inhabitants by prohibiting smoking in all […]