A great day for China's public health
On 1 June 2015, Beijing's new smoke-free law came into effect. The Beijing law is the strongest tobacco control law in China to date - it requires that all indoor public places and many outdoor public places, such as kindergartens, schools and child and maternal health facilities, be 100% smoke-free.
It ought to be law - 32 more ratifications needed to make the illicit trade Protocol an international law
The World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on 31 May by WHO and its Member States. This year’s celebration focuses on the elimination of illicit trade in tobacco products. One in every ten cigarettes and many other tobacco products consumed in the world are illegal. In article 15 of the Convention Parties recognize that the elimination of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products, including smuggling, illicit manufacturing and counterfeiting are essential components to tobacco control, and the 180 Parties to the Convention are already required to implement a series of measures to control illegal tobacco trade.
Protocol to become international law: regional workshops pave the way to WNTD celebration
As Protocol promotion is a priority in the days leading up to the World No Tobacco Day, the Convention Secretariat recently concluded two multisectoral workshops to promote ratification of and accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.