Updates

February 15, 2017

Slovenia passes law to require plain tobacco packaging from 2020

Slovenia’s parliament passed a law imposing plain tobacco packaging from 2020 on 15 February 2017. The law, which was passed by 61 votes for and no vote against, will also […]
February 1, 2017

Malaysia: more public areas becoming smoke-free

On 1 February 2017, the Government of Malaysia officially designated all national and state parks, playgrounds, camp sites and public parks in Peninsular Malaysia as non-smoking zones. These new regulations […]
January 17, 2017

Lithuania: progress on the implementation of the WHO FCTC

On 26 January 2017, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania announced that they adopted new tobacco control measures in line with the WHO FCTC, in two areas, […]
January 3, 2017

Oman: points of sale advertising banned

On 3 January 2017, Oman banned advertisements at the points of sale, including in supermarkets and shops. Dr Jawad Al Lawati, senior consultant and rapporteur for the National Tobacco Control […]
December 23, 2016

Republic of Korea: pictorial health warnings required

On June 2015, the Republic of Korea adopted amendments to its National Health Promotion Act requiring pictorial health warnings. This requirement came into force on 23 December 2016. According to […]
December 13, 2016

Russian Federation: interregional meeting on tobacco control

The meeting was held with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Russia, and was attended by the Director of Public Health Department […]
November 30, 2016

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Court of Appeal rules in favour of standardised packaging

Major tobacco producing companies (British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, JTI and Gallaher) and some of the producers of tipping paper (Tann UK, Tannpapier, Benkert and Deutsche Benkert) appealed to the […]
November 24, 2016

Pakistan: new mass media campaign launched

The Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, in collaboration with Vital Strategies has launched the second anti-tobacco mass media campaign in Pakistan. A 30 second […]
September 1, 2016

Kenya: regulations to be enforced on 26 September 2016

The Kenyan government will enforce the long awaited tobacco regulations, including graphic warnings, in September 2016. Kenya is also taking steps towards standardized packaging.
August 20, 2016

Hungary: Larger pictorial warnings and plain packaging required by the new Government Decree

The Decree 239/2016 (of 16 August 2016) of the Hungarian Government introduced new rules on tobacco packaging and also amended the earlier regulation on the application of health protection fine […]