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Updates in Tobacco Control

13 November 2017

Ukrainian activists demand to ban tobacco displays at points of sales

November 6-17, 2017, NGO "Life" conducts a campaign to support the draft law #4030a in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The main purpose of the action is to draw attention to the problem of tobacco smoking among children and ban the advertising of tobacco products in stores.

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13 December 2017

Ukraine approved a 7-year plan for increasing taxes on cigarettes: benefits and challenges

November 7, 2017, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a policy of tobacco taxes increase during 2018-2024, and the law was transferred for the President’s office for signature.
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26 October 2017

Press release open letter by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH US) and Unfairtobacco

October 05, 2017, 89 organizations from around the globe published an open letter to Philip Morris International (PMI) demanding that they immediately cease the production, marketing and sale of cigarettes. The move was prompted by a similar recommendation from the Danish Institute for Human Rights, which had been hired by PMI to perform a human rights evaluation.

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11 September 2017

Global Adult Tobacco Survey Ukraine 2017. Within last 7 years the proportion of people smoking tobacco has decreased by 20%

On 4 September 2017 the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office in Europe, WHO Country Office in Ukraine, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine held a joint press conference presenting the results of the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted in Ukraine.

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23 June 2017

Ukraine has launched a professional service to help smokers

On June 20, 2017 a press conference was held to launch a professional service to help smokers to quit. The service consists of a hotline and a professional website, and aims at helping Ukrainians who suffer from tobacco dependence.

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13 June 2017

“The Nasirov Group” Lobbies Interests of Tobacco Manufacturers in the Committee on Taxation – Research by TI Ukraine

Representatives of the Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy are the main “lobbyists” of tobacco companies in the Verkhovna Rada. These are the research findings of TI Ukraine, the anti-corruption organization, devoted to a potential conflict of interest with state officials.

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02 June 2017

Tobacco Control as a Way for Development

On May 31 the action devoted to the World No Tobacco Day took place in Kyiv.
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28 March 2017

The smoking prevalence among young people has been reduced by 28% – Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

Analysts explain: the legislative control has been instrumental in reducing the prevalence of smoking among young Ukrainians. 

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20 February 2017

Ukrainian Government Collected Record-High Tobacco Taxes in 2016

The state budget of Ukraine received unprecedented revenues of UAH 33.2 bln (the US $1.2 bln) from tobacco taxes at the national level in 2016. These data became available from the State Treasury Service of Ukraine.

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21 December 2016

Ukraine: tobacco taxes hiked by 40% to decrease tobacco consumption and increase budget revenues

On December 20, 2016 Ukrainian parliament supported the amendments to the Tax Code that increase the specific tobacco tax by 40% starting January 01, 2017. This has become the third year through when Ukraine raises tobacco taxes by 40% urging the tobacco corporation to spend billions to keep the prices low and support the consumption level.

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