The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Australia defeats Big Tobacco's challenge!

Eg of Aus plain packaging 200411Example of Australia's plain packaging (c) Gov. of AustraliaAustralia's High Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry of a new law on plain packaging of cigarettes.

The decision means that as of 1 December 2012 all tobacco sold in the country will be in the same colour packages, without logos or other brand markings.

“This is a important victory for global tobacco control,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber.

Brunei boosts warnings and non-smoking areas

Brunei’s Government has announced it will increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packages so that they cover 75 percent of the package area instead of 50 percent. It will also expand the country’s non-smoking areas.

Gulf countries adopt graphic warnings

Gulf warningsOne of the new graphic warnings From April, six Gulf countries will display graphic warnings on tobacco packages illustrating the effects of smoking cigarettes and shisha.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organization (GSO), which adopted the labelling standard on 9 August 2011.

Madagascar gets graphic warning labels

Madagascar has become the third country in Africa and at least the 46th country/ jurisdiction in the world to require picture-based health warnings for tobacco packages.

The Interministerial Decision was approved on 30 September 2011. It will require picture health warnings on packages of cigarettes and some other tobacco products. The warnings will have to cover 65 percent of the front and back of packages, with the picture on the front and a text message on the back.

Two EU countries finalise health warnings

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One of the graphic warnings to be included on tobacco packages in Ireland. (c) Government of Ireland.


Ireland is set to become the ninth European Union country to require picture warnings on tobacco packages, on 1 February 2013. It will follow Hungary, which recently announced its warnings will come into force on 1 September 2012.

The text in Ireland's warnings will be in both English and Irish.

Australia approves plain packaging!

An example of Australia's plain packaging. (c) Government of Australia. The Australian Parliament on Monday passed legislation that will make that country the first in the world to require plain packaging of tobacco products.

“Today, one of the most momentous public health measures in Australia’s history has been delivered by the Australian Parliament — legislation requiring the plain packaging of tobacco products,” said Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

“Plain packaging means that the glamour is gone from smoking and cigarettes are now exposed for what they are: killer products that destroy thousands of Australian families," she added.

Nepal tobacco package warnings lead Asia

A volunteer from Nepal's Resource Centre for Primary Health Care (RECPHEC) attempts to educate a smoker in Lalitpur city about the country's new tobacco control law. © RECPHEC

Nepal now has some of the largest graphic warnings on tobacco packages in the world, including on smokeless tobacco packages.

The government of the South Asian country passed its tobacco control legislation in May 2011. It includes a ban on smoking in public places and graphic warnings covering 75 per cent of each side of cigarette packages and the packages of other tobacco products.

The other products include gutkha ( a sweetened mixture of chewing tobacco, betel nut and palm nut), khaini (chewing tobacco) and surti (tobacco leaves). 

TC advocates in Bangladesh campaign for graphic warnings

Visitors look at graphic warnings for tobacco packages during the exhibition in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. (c) Iqbal Masud.

Tobacco control advocates in Bangladesh recently organised a three-day campaign to advocate for graphic warnings on tobacco packages. The event culminated in pledges from government ministers to support proposed amendments to the current tobacco control law.

The campaign included an exhibition of warning labels from various countries, a press conference, a rally, and three seminars on various aspects of pack warnings. Each seminar was attended by a cabinet minister or state minister and members of Parliament.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Industry Minister, who gave his complete support to the proposed amendments to the law. This was widely reported in the media.

Gulf nations agree graphic warnings for 2012

Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to put graphic warnings on tobacco packages starting in August 2012.
The law to be enforced by the six-nation GCC (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman) includes graphic warnings on boxes of tobacco used in hookah pipes and other smoking tools.