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Thailand: Ban on Smoking on Beaches

(Oct. 26, 2017) It was reported on October 11, 2017, that the Thai government will ban smoking on 20 of the country’s popular tourist beaches beginning in November. (Thailand Bans Smoking on Beaches, THAI LAW FORUM (Oct. 11, 2017); Smoking Ban Planned at 20 Popular Beaches, BANGKOK POST (Oct. 10, 2017).)  The maximum punishment for […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Philippines: Executive Order Prohibits Smoking in Enclosed and Public Places

(June 9, 2017) In May 2017, the President of the Philippines signed an executive order (EO) establishing that enclosed spaces and public places must be smoke-free. (EO No. 26 Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Spaces (May 16, 2017), Philippine Official Gazette website.) “Enclosed” spaces for purposes of the directive […]

Indonesia: Proposed Legislation on Tobacco Could Increase Domestic Production

(Mar. 24, 2017) The House of Representatives of Indonesia is considering a proposed law that could increase the country’s tobacco output. (Eveline Danubrata & Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Indonesia Tobacco Bill Would Fire up Output Despite Health Fears, REUTERS (Mar. 15, 2017).) The bill is listed among “priority legislation” on the legislative website. (RRU Tentang […]

Taiwan: Amendment of Long-Term Care Act

(Mar. 23, 2017) Taiwan’s Long-Term Care Services Act, which was promulgated on June 3, 2015, but is not slated to become law until June 2017, was amended effective January 28, 2017. (Long-Term Care Services Law: Amendment of Long-term Care Services Law Revises Articles 15, 22, 62 and 66, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]

New Zealand: Bill Requiring Standardized Packaging of Tobacco Products Passed

(Sept. 20, 2016) On September 8, 2016, the New Zealand Parliament enacted the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Act 2016 with a vote of 108 in favor and 13 against.  (Press Release, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, Standardised Packaging Bill Passed (Sept. 8, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Act 2016 (Amendment Act), New Zealand […]

Finland: New Tobacco Law Adopted with Intent of Eliminating Tobacco Use

(Sept. 9, 2016) On August 15, 2016. new legislation on the sale and import of tobacco products entered into force in Finland. (Tobakslag [Tobacco Act] 549/2016, FINLEX; Press Release, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, New, Stricter Tobacco Act Enters into Force on 15 August 2016 (June 29, 2016).) The new Tobacco Act was adopted […]

Uruguay: Arbitration Panel Affirms Enforcement of Anti-Tobacco Legislation

(Aug. 26, 2016) On July 8, 2016, an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration panel, meeting in Washington, D.C., decided an arbitration case filed by Philip Morris International (PMI) against the government of Uruguay in which PMI sought compensation for economic damages as a result of Uruguay’s enforcement of its anti-tobacco laws. (El Estado […]

New Zealand: Draft Regulations on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Released

(June 2, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations, Ministry of Health website (May 31, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment […]