New anti-smoking law in Brazil

A new law took effect on 3 December in Brazil, prohibiting indoor smoking across the country. Before the federal law came into effect, eight states already had their own legislation. The law prohibits smoking of cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, pipes and other tobacco products in public or private places in common use, such as halls and corridors of residential buildings, restaurants and clubs - even if the environment is partially enclosed by a wall, partition, ceiling or awning.

The Head of Convention Secretariat meets Deputy Minister of Health of Myanmar

8 December 2014 – Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, met Dr Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Minister of Health of Myanmar, today, in advance of the Multisectoral Workshop for Parties to the WHO FCTC in Asia to Promote Ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, which is due to start tomorrow. Heads of departments relevant to tobacco control of the Ministry of Health also participated in the meeting.

Online resource for tobacco packaging images launched

The Afro Tobacco Pack Warning Resource is now available online, thanks to the work carried out by the World Lung Foundation in cooperation with the Convention Secretariat and some Parties. The database facilitates their implementation of Articles 11 (packaging and labelling) and 12 (education and public awareness) of the Convention.