SEATCA

Philippines: The hypocrisy of “CSR” in the time of COVID-19

25 March 2021 Anna Bueno, Vera Files: A bill to reward businesses for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities is pending in Congress. At its face, the bill may be harmless: Who would not want to reward companies when they appear to be more socially responsible, especially in this time of need? While it is not clear if …

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Over 130 public health organizations and experts challenge American Public Health Association

1 March 2021 Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca In a letter sent on February 16, 2021 over 130 public health organizations and experts around the world have challenged the American Public Health Association (APHA) to stop publishing and legitimizing the deadly deception of the tobacco industry. APHA’s conduct violates the call of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Federation of Public …

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100% smoke-free pushed to prevent the spread of COVID-19

February 2021, The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a fervent call for the establishment of more smoke-free environments in the Philippines to uphold every Filipino’s right to health as provided for in Article II Section 15 of the Philippine Constitution which states that the State shall promote people’s right to health and instill health consciousness …

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Filipinos want national smoking ban in public places, survey says

4 February 2021 Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco, Business Mirror: More can still be done to ensure the safety of Filipinos when it comes to the harmful effects of smoking and the results of a recent survey may lead policy-makers to the right direction. According to a survey conducted by Pulse Asia in December 2020, there is overwhelming …

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What happens when Big Tobacco’s pandemic donations tangle with Philippine politicians drafting new laws?

January 2021 Lina Sagaral Reye, Eco-Business: Major tobacco firms have long used corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to cosy up to government officials and policy makers across the world. In the Philippines, pandemic donations have been made at a time when an industry-friendly vaping bill was being pushed in Congress, critics claim. Image: Eco-Business A …

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Job Announcement

Call for job applicants: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) is looking for a motivated and talented Media and Communications Officer. Closing date for applications: 21 February 2021 Summary of position offered: The Media and Communications Officer is primarily responsible for the over-all development and coordination of SEATCA’s external communications. He/She identifies and coordinates …

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Again, Nigeria gets it wrong on tobacco control funding

26 January 2021 Philip Jakpor, The Niche: Nigeria’s 2021 national budget has not disappointed pessimists. Like previous years public health was relegated to the back seat in terms of priority and funding. The breakdown of the approved budget shows that the health sector received only N547 billion (five hundred and forty-seven billion naira), representing about …

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Malaysia: did the tobacco industry collaborate with media to defeat tax increase?

26 January 2021 Marita Hefler, BMJ: Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed It has been five years since Malaysia last had a tobacco tax increase. The 2021 budget, announced in November 2020, was an opportunity to correct this shortcoming and use one of the most cost-effective measures available to governments to reduce smoking. Instead, tobacco taxes remained …

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Suit filed against anti-smoking group over links to ‘Big Tobacco’

15 January 2021 The Journal: Several accusations have been made by the former anti-smoking foundation’s director of social media. A FORMER EMPLOYEE has filed a suit against the Smoke-Free World foundation, charging she was fired after raising concerns the non-profit was taking orders from tobacco companies, including promoting teen vaping. In the whistleblower suit filed …

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