May 5, 2017

Georgia makes a leap in WHO FCTC implementation by adopting new tobacco control legislation

After several years of preparatory work, on 4 May 2017 the Parliament of Georgia adopted a new tobacco control act, amending the existing tobacco control act dated December 2010. The law […]
May 1, 2017

Lao PDR: large pictorial health warnings introduced

New pictorial health warnings covering 75% on both sides of packs must be affixed to all cigarette products of all brands, either domestically made or imported in the Lao People’s […]
March 10, 2017

Pakistan: Provincial governments urged to ensure anti-smoking laws are implemented

On 10 March 2017, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) requested all provincial governments to play a proactive role in discouraging tobacco use and urging for strict implementation of […]
February 17, 2017

Kenya: comprehensive national tobacco control law defended by the Court of Appeal

On 17 February 2017 the decision of the Court of Appeal supported previous lower court’s decision and rejected the legal challenge initiated by British American Tobacco Kenya back in 2014. […]
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 […]