Protocol to become international law: regional workshops pave the way to WNTD celebration

As Protocol promotion is a priority in the days leading up to the World No Tobacco Day, the Convention Secretariat recently concluded two multisectoral workshops to promote ratification of and accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Pictorial health warnings gain ground in Africa

Three African countries - Burkina Faso, Namibia and Chad - have just passed regulations to introduce pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages. The three countries add to the list of an earlier five (Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Senegal, Seychelles) that have already included requirements for pictorial warnings in their national legislations.

Global domino effect in implementing plain packaging

On March 16, the United Kingdom joined the ranks of the countries that introduced tobacco plain packaging rules. The House of Lords, UK’s upper chamber of Parliament, voted for the new law, after the lower chamber, the House of Commons, adopted it one week prior. This step has completed the legislative process and the law will become effective in May 2016.


Parties to the Convention: 180

Parties to the Protocol: 8

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