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South-East Asia: Today, director of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia region Saima Wazed called on countries to intensify efforts to control tobacco
Malaysia: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, member of parliament (MP) for the opposition party Perikatan Nasional (PN), has reportedly urged the government to issue the
Turkey: First Lady Emine Erdoğan has tweeted against the use of heated tobacco and e-cigarettes, saying that these products are hazardous not only to
Philippines: A bill to regulate the manufacture and export of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco was filed in the House of Representatives by Joey Salceda, of
Iraq: The Nineveh health directorate of the Ministry of Health issued an order prohibiting the entry of heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes onto
Israel: Tomorrow (6th February), the Knesset Economic Committee will meet to discuss a bill that would place further advertising and packaging restrictions on
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Health Council, a Ministry of Health-affiliated institution, has issued a warning on social media against using tobacco products due to
Vietnam: The state-owned corporation Vietnam Tobacco Corporation (Vinataba) – which has a monopoly on commercial tobacco and cigarette imports and is the only company
Kyrgyzstan: The Ministry of Health intends to amend the sanctions regime for tobacco and vaping products, including for violations of public use requirements,
Lebanon: Nassif Seklaoui, general manager of the Lebanese Tobacco and Tombacs Authority (RLTT), spoke during a conference against raising the taxation on tobacco
Philippines: As of 1st January 2024, the tax on heated tobacco consumables has increased by 5% to PHP35 ($0.63) per pack of 20.
Oman: The Consumer Protection Authority has issued decree 756/2023, raising administrative fines for using or distributing heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes. The minimum
Global: Several EU and international markets will see a rise in heated tobacco taxes on 1st January 2024, including Indonesia, Bulgaria, Russia and
Malaysia: In late November, Parliament passed the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023, which creates a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes
Kazakhstan: Several members of the Mazhilis (lower chamber of the Parliament) have proposed an amendment prohibiting tobacco companies in Kazakhstan from engaging in
Kuwait: Deputy prime minister Essa Al-Kandari’s letter requesting the urgent ratification of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Unilateral Tax Agreement was not discussed during
South Korea: The Tobacco Harmful Ingredients Disclose Bill was signed into law by the Cabinet on 31st October. The bill obliges manufacturers and importers
Vietnam: In response to questions from the National Assembly, the minister of trade said that a proposal to include next-generation tobacco products, such as
Turkey: Member of parliament (MP) Kayıhan Pala of the Republican People’s Party has emphasised that e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) are being portrayed
Malaysia: The government has decided to drop the ban on the usage and sale of tobacco and vaping products to anyone born on
Vietnam: At a seminar held last week, deputies from the Ministry of Health supported a ban on the trade and import of new tobacco products.
Malaysia: The Ministry of Health has launched a survey to gauge public opinion on the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023, which
Malaysia: The Ministry of Health confirmed today that the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 will not be tabled in the
Malaysia: The minister of health, Zaliha Mustafa, has reportedly said that the revised version of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 will be
Vietnam: Ministries have not yet reached a consensus on how to regulate new tobacco products and e-cigarettes, press reports. Deputy minister of health Tran Van
Malaysia: A revised version of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 will be tabled on Monday 9th October, after the bill was
India: The Ministry of Health has said in a clarification that the possession of heated tobacco products (HTPs) is in violation of the
Kazakhstan: The Ministry of National Economy published for public consultation a consultative document of regulatory policy to the draft of the Tax Code. The consultation will
Israel: Yesterday (12th September), the Health Ministry submitted its report on smoking in Israel 2022 to the Knesset (parliament). The report states that
Iraq: The Council of Representatives has held the first reading of the Tobacco Protection Bill, which was presented by the Health and Environment
Kyrgyzstan: The Committee on Budget, Economic and Fiscal Policy of the Jogorku Kenesh (parliament) has approved the amendment seeking to oblige all organisations
Pakistan: Experts and health advocates, such as the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), have urged the government
Thailand: Chonnan Srikaew has been announced as Thailand's new minister of Public Health. Yesterday (30th August), he resigned as leader of the country's
India: The lieutenant governor of Delhi has approved the extension of the ban on the "manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of tobacco –
Philippines: The Bureau of Internal Revenue has issued a circular clarifying policies and guidelines on raw materials, apparatus and equipment used in the manufacture of heated tobacco
Israel: The National Authority for Community Safety has published a report on the use of “electronic smoking systems” as an alternative to traditional smoking, looking