2nd August 2016 – WFPHA with other civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines for being suspected of using or dealing drugs, as a direct result of recently-elected President Duterte’s campaign to eradicate crime within six months.


On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations; Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment BillGovernment Bill186-2)  The Ministry has lead a consultation with the public on the proposed requirements for standardized tobacco products and packages set forth in the draft regulations.  The consultation document  gives an overview of the exposure draft regulations, raises a number of consultation issues, and poses specific questions which may help you to prepare your submission. 
With the enactment of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act in 2011, Australia was the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging. The aim of the policy was to induce smokers to quit, while preventing potential smokers from getting addicted. Plain packaging refers to the standardization of the number of cigarette sticks in each pack, of their dimension and of the cigarette pack design (namely the pack size and colour, the position, font and dimension of the brand name, the visibility of the health warnings). In particular, it has been shown that the harmonized features of peer packs can significantly harm the promotional strategies of tobacco companies and make smoking less attractive to young people. Despite the legal actions promoted by major tobacco companies against the Australian Government, the effectiveness of the plain cigarette packaging, both in the short and in the long run, has been clearly shown by peer reviewed research and independent evaluation.


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