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Taiwan: Fines for Cigarette Littering to Be Increased in Taipei

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the Taipei City government announced on April 4, 2015, that in order to reduce acts of littering with cigarette butts, it would raise the fines for repeat offenders. The department also plans to coordinate with the Taipei Department of Health, the Urban Development Department, and […]

Denmark: Ban on E-Cigarettes for Minors Considered

(Mar. 9, 2015) The Danish Parliament is now considering a proposal to tighten regulations on the purchase of electronic cigarettes and vape pens. Under the legislation being considered, Denmark would outlaw the sale of these products to children under the age of 18. According to Nick Haekkerup, the Minister of Health, such devices act as […]

South Korea: Tobacco Tax Hike

(Feb. 3, 2015) The price of a typical 20-count pack of cigarettes in Korea went up from KRW2,500 to KRW4,500 (about US$2.30 to $4.15) on January 1, 2015. (Joo-won Chung, Tobacco Price Hike Begets Fresh Uncertainties, KOREA HERALD (Jan. 27, 2015).) “The increase of 2,000 won includes hikes in the tobacco consumption tax, local education […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Increase of Excise Tax on Tobacco

(June 13, 2014) It was reported on June 6, 2014, that the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina had passed amendments to the country’s Law on Excises. The amendments will take effect on July 1, 2014. (Dinka Antic, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Law on Excises Amended, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 10, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation […]

European Union: Adoption of the Revised Tobacco Directive

(Apr. 24, 2014) On March 14, 2014, the Council of the European Union endorsed the draft Tobacco Products Directive, following the Parliament’s approval of the proposal in February 2014. The Parliament and the Council were instrumental in urging the Commission to update the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive due to gaps and inefficiencies in that Directive. […]

Estonia: Smoking or Taking Drugs During Pregnancy May Be Criminalized

(Sept. 20, 2013) Following the example of neighboring Latvia, where damaging children’s health through second-hand smoking was criminalized recently ( see Peter Roudik, Latvia: Smoking Parents Will Be Prosecuted, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (June 5, 2013)), the Estonian Ministry of Justice proposed a bill amending the Penal Code of Estonia to make it illegal for pregnant […]