High level meeting expressing support for plain packaging
Ministers and other high level representatives of health ministries from Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Uruguay met in Paris on July 20 to express their aspiration for tobacco free societies and promote effective tobacco control measures, specifically the standardized or plain packaging of tobacco products.
Tobacco taxes can be used to finance the Sustainable Development Goals
Taxing tobacco should be a key element of worldwide efforts to finance the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to recommendations made to United Nations member states in the outcome document recently negotiated in New York. The Financing for Development (Ffd) conference in Addis Ababa from July 13-16 will consider a document recognising the importance of tobacco levies, which the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its partners have been seeking.
EU officials vow support to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
On June 10-11, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, (WHO FCTC) met representatives of the European Commission in Brussels. She discussed the immediate need to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and future steps to promote WHO FCTC.