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The State Council of China has doubled tax on cigarettes from 5 percent to 11 percent. An additional tax of 0.1 Yuan will also be levied on each pack of 20 cigarettes. These new measures came into effect on 10 May.

The last tobacco tax rise, in May 2009, did not affect consumers as the China Tobacco Corporation absorbed it as profit loss.

Increasing tax on tobacco products is the most effective measure for reducing tobacco use. When used strategically, increased tax revenues can reduce consumption further by creating sustainable funds for tobacco control and health promotion.


Results of a national survey carried out over the last year in 18 Indonesian cities, reveals strong support for the graphic health warnings that now cover 40% of the surface area of all tobacco packaging.

90% of the 5,409 respondents said that the size of the warnings should be increased to cover 90% of the package surface area. And 84% of respondents said the warning images made them concerned about the dangers of smoking.

The survey was carried out by 20 institutions, including The Union. The results were released on Wednesday 29 April.

Indonesia legislated for graphic health warnings on tobacco products last year, despite being one of the few countries who have not yet ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Graphic health warnings are proven to encourage smokers to quit and discourage others from starting.


Members of The Union's Tobacco Control Section are invited to vote for the positions of Vice Chair and Secretary by Wednesday 6 May, 2015.

Those elected will take up their roles at the World Lung Conference [WLC] in Cape Town, South Africa, December 2015.

The following year, the Vice Chair will become the Section Chair, and have a seat on the Board of Directors. At the same time, the Secretary will also step up to become the Tobacco Control Section Programme Secretary, and will work with the Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities - responsible for putting together the scientfic programme of the WLC.

Members can vote online by logging in to their accounts. Voting closes on 6 May at 10am in France.

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Union staff have contributed a chapter to a new tobacco control textbook for public health professionals, Legislation and Smoking Prevention.

It explores why legislation is necessary and effective for reducing tobacco consumption and the premature deaths it causes. It aims to give the reader a comprehensive overview of tobacco control legislation and its potential impact on the future of the tobacco control epidemic.

The piece was written by the Department of Tobacco Control’s director, Dr Ehsan Latif, and technical officer Valerie Warner.


Stopping illicit trade of tobacco products is the theme for this year's World No Tobacco Day, which will be marked by countries around the globe on 31 May.

The World Health Organization are calling on nations to work together to counter the trade, that they say accounts for one in every ten cigarettes consumed.

WHO have now released information on the campaign's goals as well as posters


Sales of all forms of smokeless tobacco, including snus, chewing tobacco and snuff, have been banned in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan. The new law will be enforced by the police, Drug Control Service and Consumer Rights Protection body, under the guidance of the Department for Health and Sport. Violators will be fined between 3,000 and 30, 000 roubles.

Policy-makers in Tatarstan are now assisting the federal government with developing a similar, national law. 


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