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SEATCA Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index: Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 11 in ASEAN Countries” PDF 7.6mb

This Index provides a detailed review of country’s progress in implementing packaging and labelling requirements according to the recommendations of the FCTC Article 11 Guidelines across the 10 ASEAN countries. It identifies gaps and areas for improvement in the existing policies in each country that help governments to further strengthen the implementation of health warning legislations and move toward plain packaging.

art 11coverFCTC Article 11 Guidelines: Evidence-Based Best Practices PDF 97.3mb

In response to the need to provide a comprehensive guide to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 11 Guidelines, a compilation of evidence-based best practices for developing effective health warning messages was presented. It focuses on a step-by-step evidence-based explanation for each clause of the guidelines that can be easily understood by policy makers and implementers. The report also includes discussion on emissions and constituent labelling, prohibitions on misleading packaging information and countering tobacco industry arguments. An overview of the current status of health warnings in the Southeast Asian region comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam is included.

its only w coverIt’s Only Words: Interference in Implementing Health Warnings in Cambodia PDF 2.2mb

With the minimal tobacco control regulation in place and the absence of a ban on tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorships provided an opportunity for tobacco industry to undertake a wide range of promotional strategies.  The strategies allow the industry to market its products in order to prevent advances in tobacco control in Cambodia. The industry continues to act and react solely on its own interests to challenge and interfere with the implementation of cost-effective tobacco control measures. This report documents the challenges and lessons learned from Cambodia’s experiences in advocating for strong health warning. It also aims to highlight tobacco industry tactics and arguments used to undermine the effectiveness of WHO FCTC recommendations.

imp phw in mal coverImplementing Pictorial Health Warnings in Malaysia: Lessons Learned and Challenges PDF 7.4mb

Malaysia faced strong challenges from the industry in pushing for effective tobacco control legislation requiring mandatory display of six sets of pictorial health warnings (PHWs) on cigarette packs.  These valuable experiences of Malaysia in implementing pictorial health warnings present a good case study as documented in this booklet. It provides insights of Malaysia’s experience including challenges and lessons learned putting in place pictorial health warnings effective 1 January 2009. It is hoped to serve as a guide in providing insights and ways to implement PHWs.