International

New Zealand Proposes Banning Tobacco Sales to Future Generations

New Zealand is considering a variety of measures to greatly reduce the number of smokers in the country including one idea that would ban tobacco…

Belgium Banning Tobacco Advertising in 2021

Belgium has banned certain forms of tobacco advertising next year. The country has already banned tobacco advertising in many public areas, but it is still…

Singapore Plain Packaging Goes Into Effect July 2020

All tobacco products sold in Singapore will be required to be sold in plain packaging effective July 1, 2020. The country has set the deadline…

U.S. Announces New Travel Restrictions to Cuba, Bans People-to-People Trips

The U.S. State Department announced today that it would ban licenses for group people-to-people and educational travel, putting an end to two of the more…

Canada’s Plain Packaging Going into Effect Nov. 8

In May 2018, the Canadian Parliament passed a sweeping package of anti-tobacco legislation known as S-5 that cleared the way for Health Canada, the government…

House Bill Would Ban Online Cigar Sales, Flavored Tobacco Products & Increase Minimum Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

A new piece of proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would ban online sales of cigars, the sale of flavored cigars and increase…

Thailand Adopting Plain Packaging in 2019

By September, all tobacco products sold in Thailand will be sold in plain packaging. Thailand will be the first Asian country to adopt plain packaging….

Turkey Adopting Plain Packaging for Tobacco Next Year

Next year, Turkey will become the next country to outlaw tobacco packaging. The Turkish government has announced that beginning next year all tobacco products in…

Malaysia Banning Restaurant Smoking in 2019

Effective Jan. 1, smoking will be illegal inside restaurants, coffee shops and even open-air hawker stall—street food vendors—in Malaysia. Those caught violating the law will…

Canadian Retailers Launch “The Better Cigar Plan” to Fight Plain Packaging Requirements

In response to the Canadian government’s passage of the anti-tobacco S-5 bill in May, the Premium Cigar Retailers of Canada has launched a new portal…

Honduras Appeals WTO’s Plain Packaging Ruling

This week, Honduras filed an appeal to the World Trade Organization’s panel report on the matter of Australia’s plain packaging requirement for tobacco products. Last…