A step towards universal plain packaging and graphic warnings for cigarettes

1 July, 2018

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Below is a tweet from Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, and our retweet highlighting the obligation of governments to ensure their populations have access to the information they need to protect their health - including information on the risks of smoking.

@DrTedros - Another big victory for tobacco control – a @WTO panel has upheld #Australia’s plain packaging policy as consistent with WTO law. This gives countries comfort to introduce plain packaging to make tobacco less attractive and save lives.


Yes! @hifa_org and @NYLawSchool have shown that govts have legal obligation under int'l human rights law to ensure *everyone* has access to the info they need to protect their health, inc. plain packs and graphic warnings. TY @WTO @DrTedros #healthinfo4all #healthforall



Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on five global forums in three languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org