The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

World No Tobacco Day 2016

poster-baby-ULWorld No Tobacco Day takes place every year on May 31.

The theme for 2016 was Get Ready for Plain Packaging.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Kenyan court rejects industry challenge

The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.

New tobacco control law: Little to celebrate in Germany

German president at a tobacco industry event, 2014.By Johannes Spatz and Dieter Eichinger
Forum Rauchfrei, Germany

On February 25th the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) in Germany. There is little doubt that the federal states will give their required consent on March 18th.

2016 global tobacco control Hot Spots

Many new hot spots have flared up in global tobacco control in 2016; others remain from last year.

There are two recurring themes:

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.