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  • Chad - Africa's strongest graphic health warnings

    Chad has passed a new law requiring all tobacco packaging to carry graphic health warnings across 70% of the surface area. When it comes into force in nine months, Chad will have the strongest GHW law in Africa. The Union provided technical and financial support for this project.


  • Union expert joins Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation

    A Union expert has joined Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation, following the launch of a report co-published by The Union which demonstrated that tobacco tax reform could lead to 500,000 quitting cigarettes, and increase tax revenues by 27.2 billion rupees.


  • Unique and effective tobacco control taskforces in Bangladesh – a new study by The Union

    Bangladesh's distinctive approach to tobacco control policy enforcement may offer a sustainable and flexible model for other countries, new Union research suggests.


  • China’s proposed national tobacco control law now up for discussion

    The Government of China, the world's most populous nation, has drawn up a tobacco control law, which, if adopted in full, will reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on a staggering scale. As China's State Council gathers public opinion on the proposed law during the next month, an historic victory for public health could be in the making. China's 1.4 billion citizens have until 24 December to speak up in support of the proposal.


  • 90% graphic health warnings now required on tobacco packs in Nepal

    One of the world's smallest countries, Nepal, has taken a large step toward combating tobacco-related disease this week. Ninety percent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging must now be covered with harrowing images designed to warn consumers of the health consequences of tobacco use. The new law is the most stringent of any country, surpassing that passed by India three weeks ago, which requires 85% coverage.


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