December 15, 2017

Brazil: new round of pictorial warnings adopted

Brazil requires a text message on the front 30% of cigarette packages, and a pictorial warning on 100% of the back of the package. The country has finalized its fourth round […]
November 29, 2017

Ireland: Ministers reassert the importance of eliminating tobacco industry interference

On 28 November 2017, Catherine Byrne (Minister of State) and Dr Tony Holohan (Chief Medical Officer) signed an open letter to the Taoiseach, all Government Ministers and all heads (Secretaries […]
October 5, 2017

Tonga: launching of hard-hitting campaign to reduce tobacco use

The Tongan Ministry of Health launched a 6 weeks campaign called Tuku Ifi Leva (Quit Smoking Now) starting on 5 October 2017. The graphic campaign showing the risks of tobacco use including cancers […]
September 25, 2017

Kenya: excise stamps required on all tobacco products

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), in reference to the Excise Duty Act 2016 and the “Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) Regulations, 2017”, calls upon manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers […]
September 14, 2017

Benin: the Parliament adopts a new tobacco control law

After seven years of planning and intense work of the Ministry of Health, the National Assembly of Benin has unanimously adopted, on 14 September 2017, a new tobacco control law […]
August 18, 2017

India: experts gather to help curbing the menace of smokeless tobacco

Inter-Country Meeting on Smokeless Tobacco Policy was organized by the WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco, NICPR from 16 to 18 August in New Delhi. This meeting facilitated […]
August 1, 2017

Luxembourg – new anti-smoking regulations came into force on 1 August 2017

Luxembourg has recently banned e-cigarettes from public spaces in the same way as conventional smoking, and imposed tighter restrictions on smoking around children. Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes vaping are not […]
July 27, 2017

Guyana: new Tobacco Control Bill passed

The Parliament of Guyana passed the Tobacco Control Bill on 27 July and made a big step forward fighting the devastating effects of tobacco and implementing policies in accordance with […]
July 14, 2017

Hungary: plain packs on the shelves

Hungary is now officially the 5th Party to implement plain packaging, as an advanced measure under Article 11 of the Convention. From 20 August 2016 all cigarette packages need to […]
June 30, 2017

Nigeria: anti-tobacco campaign launched

The Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria launched a national tobacco-free campaign that is set to last from June to December 2017. The campaign is an example of the efforts […]