World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging
May 26, Oslo: The World Health Organization (WHO), the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Norwegian Cancer Society will jointly mark the World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday 31 May. The theme for Day this year is "Get ready for plain packaging".
Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie will present the Norwegian government's work on plain packaging, and WHO will present a new report on plain packaging.
WHO is calling on its Member States to get ready for plain packaging. Australia, United Kingdom, France and Ireland have passed laws to implement plain packaging, and other countries are considering the same. The tobacco industry has filed suits against several countries to stop plain packaging, but without success, most recently in the UK.
The Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie will present the Norwegian government's work on plain packaging.
WHO will present a new report on plan packaging.
Kylie Lindorff, the Cancer Council in Australia, will present new research that shows that plain packaging works. Fewer young people are starting to smoke cigarettes.
Sarah Gillett, The British ambassador to Norway, will brief about the UK's experiences with plain packaging.
Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society, Anne Lise Ryel: Towards a tobacco free society.
After the program, there will be a separate press briefing with The Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie, Dr Douglass Betcher and Dr Benn McGrady, WHO, Kylie Lindorff, the Cancer Council in Australia and Secretary General Anne Lise Ryel, the Norwegian Cancer Society.
The Oslo Times