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Italy: Implementation of European Legislation on Tobacco Products

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 12, 2016, Italy issued legislation implementing a European directive on the sale of tobacco and tobacco products; the new legislation will enter into effect on February 2, 2016. (Legislative Decree No. 6 of January 12, 2016, Implementing Directive 2014/40/EU (D.L. No. 6), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] No. 13 (Jan. 18, […]

Japan: New Wine Labeling Regulation

(Nov. 4, 2015) Japan did not previously have regulations on the labeling of wine made from grapes, except for the industry’s own regulations. As more wine is drunk in Japan and more domestic manufacturers make wines, clearer regulations have been sought by consumers. (Alcohol Tax Division, 16th Meeting Minutes (June 17, 2015), National Tax Council […]

United States: Appellate Court Reaffirms Decision that Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

(Aug. 25, 2015) A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently reaffirmed its 2014 judgment that a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring companies to publicly disclose that their products are not “conflict free” violates the First Amendment. (Nat’l Ass’n of Manufacturers v. SEC, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. 2015) […]

Sri Lanka: Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages

(Jan. 5, 2015) In accordance with a July 11, 2014, Supreme Court order that came into effect on January 1, 2015, the leading tobacco manufacturer in Sri Lanka now must print health warnings on packs of cigarettes. (Sri Lanka to Have Graphic Package Warnings – Finally!, Framework Convention Alliance website (July 16, 2014).) The Ceylon […]

India: No Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

(Oct. 17, 2014) Under new rules that will enter into effect in India in November 2014, “[n]o cosmetic that has been tested on animals … shall be imported into the country.” (Madhur Singh, India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals, BNA DAILY REPORT FOR EXECUTIVES, Bloomberg BNA online subscription database.) The rules, called the […]

World Health Organization: Report Calls for E-Cigarettes to Be Strictly Regulated

(Oct. 15, 2014) In a report entitled Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, to be discussed at the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, scheduled for October 13-18, 2014, the WHO recommends strict regulation of electronic cigarettes. (Taylor Gillan, World Health Organization Calls for Strong Regulation of Electronic […]

France: Legislation Requiring Plain Packaging for Cigarettes to Be Developed

(Oct. 8, 2014) The French Health Minister has announced a new plan to reduce tobacco use in France by requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packs. (Press Kit, Programme National de Réduction du Tabagisme [National Program for the Reduction of Tobacco Use], Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, and Women’s Rights (Sept. 25, 2014).) Under […]

Taiwan: Taipei Ban on Election Banners and Flags

(Sept. 17, 2014) As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in the words of a city government official, “a pollution-free campaign environment,” during the upcoming landmark “seven-in-one” […]

Finland: Plan to Become a Smoke-Free Country

(Aug. 8, 2014) Finland’s government has adopted a Roadmap Towards a Smoke-Free Finland, designed to both help smokers quit and prevent people from starting to smoke in the first place. (Finland Wants to Be Smoke-Free by 2040, ICE NEWS (July 8, 2014).) Among the key features of the Roadmap, according to a statement from the […]

Brazil: New Resolution Bans Advertising to Children Under Age 12

(Apr. 22, 2014) Brazil’s National Council of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent (Conselho Nacional dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente, or CONANDA) issued Resolution No. 163 on March 13, 2014, banning ads targeting children. The Resolution, which entered into force on the date of its publication in the country’s Official Gazette […]