The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Civil society cheers Philip Morris loss on Australia's plain packaging

Example of plain packagingCivil society groups on Friday cheered news that Philip Morris had lost its latest challenge to Australia's laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products.

The company claimed the laws violated trademark provisions in an Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement, but a tribunal ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case. 

Canada, Hungary latest additions to global plain packs map

Much has happened since we published the first plain packs map in April 2015.

Canadian province leads in tobacco package warnings


Tobacco control legislation adopted in the Canadian province of Quebec on 26 November sets one global precedent and is among world leaders in another measure.

The law, which strengthens existing legislation, will require the world’s largest minimum surface area for package warnings: 4,648 square millimetres (46.5 square centimetres).

Chad has Africa's largest pack warnings

New tobacco pack warnings in ChadChad now has the largest graphic health warnings on tobacco packages of any country in Africa. Warnings must cover 70 percent of the front and back of packs. 

The packs were on retail shelves the week of 23 November 2015. 

World’s largest health warnings

Cigarette package in Thailand with graphic health warningThe list of countries where tobacco packages have the world's largest graphic health warnings has changed, reports the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). See the list below.

In addition, effective 20 May 2016, all 28 European Union countries will have to require picture warnings covering 65 percent of the package front and back.

For a more comprehensive ranking of 198 countries/territories as of Sept. 2014, see the list here.

The ‘plain packs’ battle in the UK – lessons learned

 
By Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health

In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

Kenyan civil society battles on

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.

The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.