Updates

June 1, 2015

Bangladesh: 50% picture warning requirements finalized

Bangladeshi State Minister of Health, Zahid Malik, has announced that pictorial health warnings covering 50% of the principal sides of cigarette packages will become mandatory in the South Asian country. […]
June 1, 2015

Sri Lanka: Health warnings now cover 80% of pack surfaces

With effect from 1 June 2015, health warnings on cigarette packages in Sri Lanka have to cover 80% of the principal sides. Sri Lanka had previously required an 80% warning […]
June 1, 2015

India: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare holds multisectoral consultation on illicit trade

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and WHO, marked World No-Tobacco Day 2015 by holding a National multi-sectoral consultation on the […]
May 29, 2015

Timor Leste: Government calls on new tobacco regulations on World No Tobacco Day

On 29 May 2015, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo opened the National Advocacy Workshop to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2015. Ministers, Parliamentarians and representatives […]
May 29, 2015

Republic of Moldova: new comprehensive tobacco legislation adopted by the Parliament

On 29 May, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted a new tobacco control law, after more than one year of parliamentary debate. The law, introduced to Parliament by […]
May 28, 2015

Quebec, Canada: $15.5-billion ruling against three tobacco companies

The Quebec Superior Court awarded $15.5 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) in a landmark class action suit against three big tobacco companies. Following a 17 year lawsuit and 3 years after […]
May 28, 2015

Kenya: WHO AFRO and WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer workshop on health, trade and investment in the East African Region

The WHO Regional Office for Africa and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, a WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on tobacco and trade matters, jointly conducted a capacity building working […]
May 25, 2015

World Health Assembly: Side event on strategies to overcome resistance against pictorial warning messages on tobacco products

In the context of the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, the delegations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand organized a side event addressing strategies to overcome resistance from […]
May 20, 2015

Canada: Province of Nova Scotia bans most flavoured tobacco products

The Eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia has passed legislation banning most flavoured tobacco products. The bill, introduced by Health Minister Leo Glavine, passed the third reading in the Nova […]
May 12, 2015

Nigeria: Senate passes National Tobacco Control Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed a National Tobacco Control Bill on 12 May 2015. The bill covers a broad range of issues such as manufacturing, advertising, sale and labelling. It […]
May 10, 2015

China: Government raises tax rate on cigarettes to 11 percent

The Chinese Ministry of Finance has announced that from 10 May 2015 on, the consumption tax on cigarettes will be 11 percent. This means that the rate, previously at 5 […]
May 8, 2015

Botswana: Subregional Protocol awareness workshop held in Gabarone

From 6 – 8 May 2015, Botswana was host to a 2.5 day multisectoral workshop on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Delegations from ten countries from […]
May 4, 2015

Civil society action in India to prevent tobacco industry interference

The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) is organizing the 12th Asia Pacific Regional Forum in New Delhi, India from 5-7 May. ITIC has a number of tobacco companies as […]
April 30, 2015

India: sensitization campaign on “Dry Day for Tobacco” in Delhi

The Delhi State Government launched an awareness initiative to inform about the health consequences of tobacco use, in particular chewing tobacco, on 30 April 2015. “Dry Days” have been held […]
April 29, 2015

France: bill on ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products introduced to the Parliament

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has introduced a bill on the ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the Assemblée Nationale after its approval by […]
April 24, 2015

Panama: Subregional Protocol awareness workshop held in Panama City

From 22-24 April 2015, the WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat concluded a multisectoral workshop in Panama to promote ratification of and accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco […]
April 24, 2015

China: New, stronger measures on tobacco advertising adopted

The amendment to the 21-year-old Advertisement Law was approved today by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress at its bimonthly session. The new law will take effect on […]
April 8, 2015

Cambodia: new law on tobacco control passed

The Cambodian National Assembly passed the country’s first ever law on tobacco control on 8 April 2015. The law was approved unanimously by all political parties. Later in the month, […]
April 7, 2015

Burkina Faso: pictorial warnings required on tobacco packs

Burkina Faso’s Ministers of Health and Trade signed a joint decree on April 7, 2015, requiring pictorial warnings required on tobacco packs. From October all tobacco packages sold in Burkina […]
April 3, 2015

France: plain packaging will be introduced in 2016

France’s Assembly voted last week to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. From May 2016 all cigarette packs will have the same shape, same size, same color and the same […]
April 1, 2015

Namibia: regulations on pictorial warnings came into effect

With the entry into force of the 2014 Commencement of the Tobacco Products Control Act, all packaging of tobacco products in Namibia is required to bear both pictorial warnings and […]
March 24, 2015

Kuwait: multisectoral Protocol workshop for GCC Parties concluded in Kuwait City

Representatives of different government sectors from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates came together at the second subregional workshop to promote entry into force of the […]
March 17, 2015

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: standardised packaging regulations adopted

The UK’s upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, voted on 16 March 2015, to require that tobacco products are sold in standardized packs. The government plans for the […]
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: 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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

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, […]
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 […]
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: • […]
September 15, 2014

Joint needs assessment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The Convention Secretariat, together with WHO, the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, conducted a joint needs assessment mission on 8–12 September […]
September 9, 2014

Jamaica: visit of the needs assessment team

A team from the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC together with colleagues from WHO’s Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas and the United […]
August 23, 2014

ALBANIA: Tobacco control act amended

The Albanian National Assembly, on the proposal of the Council of Ministers, adopted amendments to the country’s 2006 Act on the « Protection of Health from Tobacco Use ». The changes were […]
August 7, 2014

Philippines – new act on graphic health warnings enters into force

August 2014 – The President of the Philippines signed the Graphic Health Warning Bill (Republic Act 10643: An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco […]
July 13, 2014

Stakeholder meeting on the recommendations of the report of the joint needs assessment in Burkina Faso

June 30, 2014

FINLAND – Action plan to make the country smoke-free by 2040

JUNE 2014 – The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has presented its action plan – “Roadmap towards a Smoke-Free Finland” – to eliminate the use of tobacco products in the […]
June 27, 2014

Thailand – Court decision paves the way to the resizing of graphic health warnings

JUNE 2014 – On 8 March 2013, Thailand’s Minister of Health, Dr Pradith Sinthawanarong, signed new regulations that require graphic health warnings to cover at least 85% of both sides of […]
June 16, 2014

Russian Federation – Smoking ban extended to bars, restaurants and public transport facilities

JUNE 2014 – The law “On protection of citizens’ health from tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco consumption” came into effect on 1 June 2013. The ban was introduced gradually, […]
April 8, 2014

Senegal– New tobacco control law adopted

MARCH 2014 – On 14 March 2014, the National Assembly of Senegal adopted a law “on the manufacturing, packaging and labelling, sale and use of tobacco”. The new act introduces measures […]
March 6, 2014

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – guidance for embassies on interactions with the tobacco industry published

The Government of the United Kingdom has published revised guidance on interactions with the tobacco industry for the United Kingdom’s overseas posts, in line with Article 5.3 of the WHO […]
February 28, 2014

European Union – Revised EU Tobacco Products Directive approved by the European Parliament

FEBRUARY 2014 – The revised Directive, approved by the European Parliament on 26 February, strengthens the rules on how tobacco products are manufactured, produced and presented in the European Union (EU), […]
February 24, 2014

Turkmenistan – new tobacco control law adopted

DECEMBER 2013 – On 23 December 2013, the President of Turkmenistan signed the law “on the protection of the health of citizens from the effects of tobacco smoke and the […]
November 6, 2013

Swaziland – new comprehensive tobacco control act adopted

NOVEMBER 2013 – The Tobacco Products Control Act passed in August 2013 in Swaziland aims to give effect to the WHO FCTC, and has as its main objective to protect the […]
July 23, 2013

Jamaica – New tobacco control regulations enter into force

JULY 2013 – On 15 July 2013 Jamaica’s new Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations entered into force. The regulations, which are fully in line with the relevant provisions of the WHO […]
June 10, 2013

Thailand – New regulations on graphic health warnings introduced

JUNE 2013 – On 8 March 2013 Thailand’s Minister of Health, Dr Pradith Sinthawanarong, signed new regulations that require graphic health warnings to cover at least 85% of both sides of […]
May 28, 2013

Bangladesh – National tobacco control law amended

MAY 2013 – The National Assembly of Bangladesh passed the Tobacco Control Law Amendment Bill on 29 April 2013, closing many loopholes in the country’s previous tobacco control law. The amendment […]
May 3, 2013

Hungary – New regulation of tobacco sales introduced

APRIL 2013 – On 22 April 2013, in line with Act CXXXIV “on reducing smoking prevalence among young people and retail of tobacco products” (adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on 11 […]
May 3, 2013

Viet Nam – First comprehensive tobacco control law adopted

MAY 2013 – The first ever comprehensive tobacco control legislation in Viet Nam – a public health milestone for the country – took effect on 1 May 2013, after being adopted […]
May 3, 2013

Fiji – Ministry of Health publishes new Tobacco Control Regulations

APRIL 2013 – The Minister of Health signed new Tobacco Control Regulations, which were published in the Government of Fiji Gazette on 8 February. In doing so the Minister was exercising […]
May 2, 2013

Rwanda – Comprehensive tobacco control legislation adopted

APRIL 2013 – A comprehensive new Act (Nº 08/2013) was signed by the President on 1 March 2013 and entered into force on 8 April 2013. The law is aimed at […]
May 2, 2013

Mongolia – Comprehensive tobacco control legislation revised

APRIL 2013 – A comprehensive revision of the 2005 Tobacco Control Law was adopted by the Parliament of Mongolia and entered into force on 1 March 2013. The main provisions of […]
March 21, 2013

Georgia – State Committee on Tobacco Control established

MARCH 2013 – On 15 March 2013, the Government of Georgia adopted a decree on the creation of the State Committee on Tobacco Control to strengthen tobacco control in Georgia and, […]
February 25, 2013

Suriname – comprehensive tobacco control legislation passed

FEBRUARY 2013 – The Suriname Parliament unanimously passed comprehensive tobacco control legislation on 7 February 2013. The Suriname Ministry of Health with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization authored […]
February 25, 2013

Iceland – new regulations on graphic health warnings introduced

FEBRUARY 2013 – The packaging of tobacco products placed on the Icelandic market is now required to display photographs in line with new regulations that have been in effect since 1 […]
January 16, 2013

European Union – Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive

DECEMBER 2012 – More than ten years have passed since the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. During this time, there have been several market, scientific and international developments in the […]
January 15, 2013

Philippines – new taxes on tobacco products introduced

JANUARY 2013 – As of 1 January 2013, Republic Act No. 10351, which restructures the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products, has been in force in the Philippines. The tax […]
January 15, 2013

Ireland – New graphic health warnings to help people quit smoking

FEBRUARY 2013 -Since 1 February 2013, the packaging of tobacco products placed on the Irish market has been required to display graphic photographs that depict the negative health effects of […]
January 15, 2013

Cook Islands – Tobacco Control Action Plan adopted

JANUARY 2013 – In line with the recommendations resulting from the needs assessment exercise conducted jointly by the Government of Cook Islands and the Convention Secretariat in early 2012, Cook Islands […]
January 4, 2013

Gambia – New tobacco tax policy to be introduced

JANUARY 2013 – In line with the recommendations provided by the needs assessment exercise conducted jointly by the Government of Gambia and the Convention Secretariat in late 2012, Gambia will introduce […]
December 18, 2012

Congo – Tobacco control act adopted

DECEMBER 2012 -Congo’s Parliament adopted in July 2012 legislation containing provisions banning smoking in public places and the sales of tobacco products to minors, forbidding tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, […]
October 16, 2012

Germany – Cigarettes containing menthol capsules banned

OCTOBER 2012 -The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety has rejected an application by a tobacco company to sell cigarettes containing menthol capsules in the filter, on the […]
October 16, 2012

Norway: Prohibition on the visible display of tobacco products at the points of sale

OCTOBER 2012 -The Norwegian display ban on tobacco products came into effect on 1 January 2010, through an amendment of the 1973 Act relating to the Prevention of the Harmful […]
October 12, 2012

African regional meeting on implementation of the Convention

The African regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC held on 9–12 October 2012 brought together 38 countries from the African Region, including 36 Parties and 2 non-Parties to […]
June 21, 2012

Ukraine – New law extends smoking ban

JUNE 2012 – A new law has entered into force that has extended the country’s existing smoking ban. Smoking is now prohibited on the premises of all restaurants, cafés and bars […]
June 13, 2012

Iraq – Comprehensive tobacco control legislation adopted

MARCH 2012 –  On 7 March 2012 the President of Iraq signed a new tobacco-control law with the overarching goals of protecting the public and creating a healthier environment. The […]
May 21, 2012

The FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference

2012 – Matt Allen, – English The Union’s FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference provides step-by-step guidance on the key legislative and policy elements of […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 23, 2011

Burkina Faso – Workshop aims to boost tobacco cessation

AUGUST 2011 – In August 2011, the tobacco control directorate of the Ministry of Health organized, for the first time in the country, a workshop on smoking cessation. The workshop represented […]
November 22, 2011

Serbia celebrates the first anniversary of the law on protection from exposure to tobacco smoke

NOVEMBER 2011 – On 11 November 2011, Serbia celebrated the first anniversary of full enforcement of the Law on the Protection of the Population from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. Among other […]
November 14, 2011

India – New regulations on depictions of tobacco products in films and on TV

NOVEMBER 2011 -Since 14 November 2011, the depiction of tobacco products in films and on television has been subject to new regulations. Anti-tobacco health spots or messages must now be […]
November 7, 2011

United Arab Emirates – New regulation requires graphic pictorial warnings

NOVEMBER 2011 – On 1 November 2011, the Government of the United Arab Emirates approved a new regulation requiring that health warnings on cigarette packets include graphic pictures covering half of […]
September 16, 2011

Lebanon – New tobacco-control law adopted

AUGUST 2011 – On 17 August 2011, the Lebanese Parliament adopted a new tobacco-control act. The most important provisions of the act include: a complete ban on smoking in all closed […]
September 16, 2011

India – Mandatory picture to be included in point-of-sale displays

SEPTEMBER 2011 – A new provision makes it obligatory to show an image of cancer caused by smoking at points of sale of tobacco products. The image will be shown on […]
August 25, 2011

Convention Secretariat supports finalization of Moldova’s national action plan

A joint mission to the Republic of Moldova by the Convention Secretariat and the WHO Regional Office for Europe took place on 22–25 August 2011. The purpose of the mission […]
August 10, 2011

Israel – Complete ban on tobacco vending machines

AUGUST 2011 -Effective 1 January 2014, tobacco vending machines will be illegal in Israel. This amendment of the 2001 tobacco control legislation was approved by the Israeli Parliament on 4 […]
August 3, 2011

India – “Heartbreak” anti-bidi smoking campaign launched

JULY 2011 – The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a mass media campaign on bidi smoking and its association with cardiovascular diseases under the National Tobacco Control Programme. This […]
July 21, 2011

Colombia – New tobacco-control measures come into effect

JULY 2011 – Some requirements of the anti-tobacco law approved by the Congress in June 2009 have entered into effect as of July 21. The new measures include a ban on […]
May 31, 2011

Venezuela – Workplaces and public places go smoke-free

MAY 2011 – A resolution of the health ministry went into effect on 31 May 2011 banning smoking in both public and private indoor spaces, including workplaces and public transport. Notices […]
May 27, 2011

India – New pictorial warnings required

MAY 2011 – A new notification of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was issued on 27 May 2011, providing for strong pictorial warnings on both smoking and smokeless tobacco […]
May 25, 2011

Plurinational State of Bolivia – Picture warnings required

MAY 2011 – A resolution issued on 25 May 2011 by the Minister of Health and Sports requires picture warnings to appear on the lower 50% of the front and back […]
April 27, 2011

Malta – Pictorial warnings mandatory on tobacco packaging

APRIL 2011 – Malta has announced that it is now mandatory to include pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging, in response to non-compliance from several retailers to Legal Notice 302 of 2009 […]
April 26, 2011

Hungary – Amendment to law protecting non-smokers

APRIL 2011 – An amendment to Act XLII of 1999 on the Protection of Non-Smokers and Certain Regulations on the Consumption and Distribution of Tobacco Products was passed by the Hungarian […]
April 11, 2011

Nepal – New tobacco control bill approved

APRIL 2011 – A new tobacco control bill – the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Bill, 2010 – was approved by Nepal’s legislature, the Constituent Assembly, on 11 April 2011. Major […]
April 4, 2011

Ukraine – New requirements for pictorial warnings

APRIL 2011 – Ukraine has finalized requirements for pictorial warnings following the publication of a Decree on 4 April 2011 in the Official Journal of Ukraine. A series of 10 warnings, […]
March 28, 2011

Comoros – Amended Tobacco Control Act

MARCH 2011 – An amendment of the existing Tobacco Control Act was adopted on 28 March 2011.  The amendment puts into effect stronger measures concerning the sale of tobacco products and […]
March 15, 2011

Nigeria – A National Tobacco Control Bill was passed by the Nigerian Senate

MARCH 2011 – The bill makes it mandatory to affix health warnings on tobacco product packaging, bans the sale of cigarettes to minors (under 18 years of age), strictly regulates tobacco […]
February 21, 2011

Honduras – New tobacco control act adopted

FEBRUARY 2011 – A new comprehensive tobacco control act, adopted by the National Congress on 9 June 2010, entered into force on 21 February 2011.  The law introduces a complete ban […]
December 8, 2010

Fiji – Cabinet approves Tobacco Control Decree

DECEMBER 2010 – The Cabinet has approved a new Tobacco Control Decree in December 2010. The Decree restricts advertising, sponsorship, and promotion of tobacco products; regulates the labelling of tobacco-product […]