Tobacco control ‘hotspots’ in 2014

12 Feb 2014

Plain packaging for tobacco products and the size of proposed graphic warnings on packages are two specific issues under scrutiny.

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The government faces a challenge from Philip Morris Asia to its plain packaging of tobacco products. The company claims the law violates an investment agreement between Hong Kong (its base) and Australia. Another challenge has been launched at the World Trade Organization. Read our article


A challenge from the National Confederation of Industries has delayed the coming into force of a ban on tobacco additives. It was supposed to apply from September, 2013. Read our article.


The vote on the revised Tobacco Products Directive is scheduled for 26 Feb. Read our article.


Philip Morris International is challenging a ban on its Be Marlboro campaign. Authorities outlawed it for illegally encouraging young people, ages 14-21, to smoke. 

Ireland, Republic of

Tthe government has started a process to introduce plain packaging. Read our article.


Along with Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe: tobacco-producing countries that will be quick to react to the report of the FCTC Article 17&18 working group on sustainable alternatives to tobacco production.


The FCTC Conference of the Parties will be held here, 13-18 October, 2014. Information from WHO.

New Zealand

Plain packaging legislation has been introduced in Parliament. Read our article.


Negotiations on the TransPacific Partnership free trade deal are set to continue on 22 Feb. Tobacco control advocates – and many of our partners in the broader health area – insist that the deal must exclude tobacco. Read our article.

Sri Lanka

The tobacco industry is challenging proposed new graphic health warnings in court. Read our article.


A proposal for the world’s largest pack warnings is also being challenged in court by the industry. Read our article.


The government is considering introducing plain packaging. Read our article.

UN Headquarters

Advocates are pushing for this year’s review of 2011’s NCD Summit to be a major event. The Summit assembled world leaders, and highlighted the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to four major NCDs: cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes. Read our article.


The government continues to fight a trade dispute with Philip Morris International at the World Bank. Read our article.

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