08 Jun 2016
- Plain packaging came into force in France and the UK;
- New Zealand, which pledged in 2012 to adopt plain packaging, released draft regulations for comment (by the deadline of 29 July);
- Canada released “potential measures” and announced a consultation until 31 August;
- Norway announced that it would send plain packaging legislation to Parliament in June;
- Kenya’s health ministry announced it was developing a plan and timeline for plain packaging.
Finally, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon linked plain packaging to implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Accelerating implementation of the FCTC is included in Sustainable Development Goal 3, the ‘health’ goal.
Plain packaging is recommended in Articles 11 and 13 of the WHO FCTC.
“I call on Governments around the world to get ready for plain packaging,” said Ban in a message for WNTD.
See the resources on our WNTD page.