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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 […]

Netherlands: Draft Smoking Ban Legislation Sent to Council of State

(July 31, 2013) On July 9, 2013, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn, sent draft legislation on amending the Tobacco Act to reinstate a ban on smoking in all bars and cafes, regardless of size, to the Council of State (Raad van State), the Cabinet’s advisory body. (Smoking Ban Bill […]

European Union: More Stringent Rules on Cigarettes Proposed

(July 23, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment and Public Health endorsed new, stricter rules on cigarette distribution and marketing previously put forward by the European Commission. The new proposed directive is designed to make smoking less attractive to youth by prohibiting the use of “characterized” flavors, such as strawberry […]

Israel: Heavy Penalty for Violation of Smoking Ban in Public Places

(June 17, 2013) On May 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel approved a plea bargain that included an unprecedented high amount of compensation in a class-action suit for violation of the prohibition on smoking in public places, in accordance with the Prevention of Smoking and Exposure to Smoking Law (5743-1983) (hereinafter Anti-Smoking Law). (CA […]

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 […]