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Latvia: Smoking Parents Will Be Prosecuted

(June 5, 2013) On May 30, 2013, the Saeima (Latvia’s legislature) adopted revisions to the Protection of the Rights of the Child Law that, as stated in the Parliament’s press release, will protect a child’s right to grow up in a smoke-free environment. (Press Release, Parliamentary Press Service, Saeima Deems Smoking in the Presence of […]

Taiwan: Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products

(May 13, 2013) On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become law, would, respectively, increase the taxes and the health surcharge on tobacco products. (ROC Cabinet OKs […]

Ireland: Modified Rules on Abortion Considered

(May 10, 2013) On May 1, 2013, Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, introduced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. If adopted, the bill would establish new rules governing the provision of abortion to save a pregnant woman’s life, but would not greatly alter <?Ireland's strict abortion laws. (Addison Morris, Ireland Government […]

Indonesia: New Tobacco Control Law

(Jan. 16, 2013) On December 24, 2012, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the Tobacco Control Regulation. Within the next 18 months, cigarette producers and importers will have to comply with its provisions, which include stricter rules on distribution and marketing of cigarettes. (Arientha Primanitha, Tobacco Bill Requires Graphic Warnings to Be Displayed on Cigarette […]

France: Payment for Abortions and for Contraceptives for Minors

(Nov. 7, 2012) On October 26, 2012, the National Assembly, the lower house of <?France's legislature, approved a bill to extend government payment for abortions to all French women. Previously, only minors and low-income women were eligible for reimbursement for the costs of abortions. The payment would be up to €450 (about US$582) for each […]

Uruguay: Congress Considering a Bill to Decriminalize Abortion

(Oct. 25, 2012) On September 25, 2012, <?Uruguay's Cámara de Diputados (Lower House of Congress) began consideration of a bill that would decriminalize abortion if the procedure is performed within the first 12 weeks after conception, under certain circumstances. The bill became law on October 17, 2012. (Uruguay Despenaliza el Aborto: El Senado Sanciono el […]

Denmark: Plan to Distribute Overdose Kits

(Oct. 18, 2012) The Danish government announced this month that it will distribute overdose kits to drug users in the capital city, <?Copenhagen. The purpose is to reduce the rate of drug-related deaths in the country, currently among the highest such rates in Europe; in 2010, 273 overdoses in Denmark resulted in deaths. (Copenhagen Addicts […]

Norway: Tobacco Display Ban Upheld

(Oct. 1, 2012) On September 14, 2012, the Oslo District Court issued a ruling upholding <?Norway's ban on the display of tobacco products. The ban had come into force on January 1, 2010, based on the 2009 amendment of the 1973 Tobacco Control Act. (Press Release, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway’s Tobacco Display […]

Finland: Legalization of Medical Cannabis Considered

(Sept. 5, 2012) In a recent interview, Erkki Palva of Finland’s national pharmaceutical agency, Fimea, stated that the agency will, within a few weeks, issue an assessment of the use of a form of cannabis for medical purposes. (Finland Set for Medical Cannabis Legislation, ICE NEWS (Sept. 4, 2012).) The decision will concern an oral […]