Updates

October 26, 2015

France: the law on ratification of the illicit trade protocol adopted

The legislative process leading to the ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products has come to an end in France on 26 October 2015. The French […]
October 12, 2015

European Union: specifications for health warnings on cigarette packages adopted today

An implementing act adopted today lays out specifications for the new combined health warnings on packages of tobacco products for smoking (in particular cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco), which are required […]
October 7, 2015

Ukraine: the Healthcare Committee of the Parliament supports new tobacco package design

On 7 October 2015 parliamentarians of the Healthcare Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament recommended the draft law 2820 “On the amendment of some laws protecting the public from the harmful effects […]
October 1, 2015

United Kingdom: the ban of smoking in private vehicles in the presence of anyone under 18 comes into force in England and Wales

From the 1st of October 2015 it is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18. The law aims to protect children and young people […]
August 12, 2015

Ghana: Increase in tobacco excise duties

As part of efforts to reduce the consumption of tobacco products and its related health hazards, the Parliament of Ghana has approved an increase in tobacco taxes through the passage […]
August 12, 2015

Jamaica: Workshop on the prevention of tobacco industry interference and follow-up actions

A workshop was held on 2-3 June 2015 for government officials to promote implementation of Article 5.3 of the Convention. The workshop was one of the activities that followed the […]
August 3, 2015

AUSTRIA: New tobacco control law adopted

The Austrian Parliament has imposed a complete smoking ban in all Austrian restaurants and other food providers and will be enforced beginning on 1 May 2018. Besides that, incentives of […]
July 28, 2015

Uganda: New tobacco control law adopted

On 28 July 2015, the Parliament of Uganda passed its new Tobacco Control Law after long negotiations and engagements with relevant stakeholders. The law requires 100% smoke-free public places, including […]
July 14, 2015

Iranian officials visited Singapore to learn about testing tobacco content

The Convention Secretariat supported two Iranian officials to undertake a study visit in Singapore at the Cigarette Testing Laboratory of the Health Sciences Authority on 6 to 9 July 2015. The visit […]
June 19, 2015

Norway: Workshop on legal issues relating to the implementation of plain / standardized tobacco packaging in Europe

The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Norwegian Cancer Society, and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer jointly conducted a workshop on legal issues relating to the […]