February 26, 2016

Australia: Government releases plain packaging post-implementation review

The Australian Government Post-Implementation Review of Tobacco Plain Packaging has been released on 26 February 2016. The overall conclusion of the Review is that the tobacco plain packaging measure “has […]
February 24, 2016

The European Ombudsman strengthens its policy on Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC

The Cabinet of the European Ombudsman notified the Convention Secretariat of its new and strengthened policy regarding interactions with the tobacco industry, adopted by the institution in September 2015.  These […]
February 20, 2016

Kuwait: smoking ban in malls implemented – violators may expect fines

  A smoking ban inside malls is now implemented in Kuwait. Smokers who violate this ban will be fined KD 50 to KD 100. This penalty will be applied to […]
February 17, 2016

Palau: the National Code to allocate 10% of annual revenues from tobacco excise to pay for healthcare for nations aging and disabled populations

Affordable and quality healthcare for the elderly and the disabled is a moral and legal imperative, which has been reflected in the Republic of Palau’s Constitution and the National Healthcare […]
February 17, 2016

Senegal: the Ministerial Council supports ratification of the Protocol

At its meeting on 17 February 2016, the Ministerial Council adopted the draft law that will authorise the President to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. […]
January 19, 2016

Ukraine: continues to fight the tobacco industry by significantly increasing cigarette tax

  Despite strong opposition from the tobacco industry, the Ukrainian President has signed a new law, which will increase specific excise rate on cigarettes by 40% and ad valorem excise […]
December 15, 2015

Romania: smoke-free legislation passed

  The Romanian Parliament voted on 15 December 2015 on a total ban of smoking in enclosed public places and playgrounds. The law will be signed by the President, expectedly […]
November 30, 2015

France: the process of ratification of the Protocol completed

  On 30 November 2015,  France completed the process of ratifying the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by depositing its ratification instrument at the UN treaty section. […]
November 27, 2015

Gabon: multi-stakeholder meetings to promote tobacco control

Several activities have recently been implemented in Gabon that correspond to the recommendations of the needs assessment exercise that has been jointly implemented by the Convention Secretariat and the Government […]
November 25, 2015

European Union: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/2186 of 25 November 2015 establishing a format for the submission and making available of information on tobacco products

  On 25 November 2015 a Commission Implementing Decision was adopted by the European Commission, which establishes a common format for the reporting of information on ingredients and emissions of […]