The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

New graphic warnings for Solomon Islands

Congratulations to Solomon Islands! After years of efforts, the Pacific Island country in December 2013 passed regulations to implement its Tobacco Control Act (2010).

The rules require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, covering 70 percent of the front face and 30 percent of the back. The warnings must be in place by 1 January 2015.

As described in an FCA fact sheet The tobacco industry, led by the Solomon Islands Tobacco Company, SITCO (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco), launched a campaign against the law soon after getting a copy of the draft regulations.

SITCO submitted a 24-page response to the regulations to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health's Tobacco Control Taskforce, indicating that it would consider legal action if provisions were not deleted or revised.

The regulations adopted in December also clarify requirements for non-smoking public spaces and testing of tobacco products.

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