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.

Multisectoral Protocol workshop for GCC Parties concluded in Kuwait City

Representatives of different government sectors from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates came together at the second subregional workshop to promote entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products from 23-24 March 2015 in Kuwait City. The workshop was kindly hosted by the Government of Kuwait and co-organized by the Convention Secretariat and the Ministry of Health of Kuwait.

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