United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: regulations for standardized packaging in the pipeline
“Having considered all the evidence, the Secretary of State and I believe that the policy is a proportionate and justified response to the considerable public health harm from smoking tobacco. The Chief Medical Officer has confirmed this view.” - Public Health Minister Jane Ellison confirmed Government backing for the introduction of standardized packaging of tobacco. The Government intends to lay regulations for standardized packaging before the end of March this year, with the expectation that the regulations would come into force in May 2016.
The Convention Secretariat congratulates Spain on becoming the sixth Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
On 23 December 2014, Spain deposited its instrument of accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Spain, the second of the EU member states to do so, followed Mongolia, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Gabon and Austria.
Workshop for Parties in Asia to promote ratification of the Protocol concluded
Nine Parties - Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam – participated in the first in a series of multisectoral workshops to promote ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The workshop was hosted by the Government of Myanmar and held from 9-11 December in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.