18th Asian Games – make it tobacco-free

SEATCA and international NGOs have submitted an appeal letter to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on the announcement that the 2018 Asian Games likely to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia may be sponsored by a tobacco company, PT Djarum. We strongly urge OCA to ensure that the 2018 Asian Games, like other Olympic Games, are tobacco-free.

All Asian countries, except Indonesia, participating in the Asian Games are Parties to the global treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and hence obligated to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorship. If Indonesia allows tobacco sponsorship of the Asian Games, it will present serious cross-border tobacco advertising issues to all the counties that have already banned such advertising.

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