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Large, hard-hitting, graphic warnings to appear on tobacco packs in Myanmar

Bangkok, 4 March 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance lauds Myanmar’s Ministry of Health’s (MOH) new regulation to implement 75% pictorial or graphic health warnings (GHW) on tobacco packaging that visually depict the health harms of tobacco use. “Implementing graphic health warnings in Myanmar is another excellent step to protect public health as more …

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Big tobacco plainly lying about plain packaging ― Mary Assunta

29 February 2016 FEBRUARY 29 ― I wish to respond to the reports in the Malay Mail  Online on plain packaging of tobacco. The logical next step for tobacco control in Malaysia is plain packaging. The Ministry of Health’s recent announcement to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes is most welcome. Plain packaging of tobacco is effective in reducing …

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Federal Government’s cigarette plain packaging policy is helping the drop in smokers’ numbers

CIGARETTE plain packaging has achieved its aim of forcing people to stub out their smoking habit says a government review of the controversial measure. The drab dirty green packets plastered with health warnings were responsible for 0.55 of the 2.2 per cent drop in the number of smokers from 19.4 per cent of the population …

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Putrajaya plans to strip tobacco packs of branding

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Malaysia is planning to introduce generic packaging for tobacco products in a bid to reduce consumption, with standardised colours and fonts to reduce brand recognition, the Health Ministry said. Dr Chong Chee Keong, director of the Health Ministry’s disease control division, said plain packaging would have the biggest impact on …

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CSC suspends CHR legal officer for violating smoking prohibition

MANILA (PNA)–The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has suspended Commission on Human Rights (CHR) legal officer Robinson C. Viñas after he was found guilty of violating the smoking prohibition in government offices. Viñas, Attorney IV of the CHR, admitted to smoking in the men’s room in the CHR Building, in clear violation of CSC Memorandum Circular …

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EU tobacco control policy must separate foxes from chickens

World Health Organization documents “are crystal clear that the tobacco industry is part of the problem”. (Photo: Moody Kell) By VERA LUIZA DA COSTA E SILVA Imagine you are a farmer and that your chickens are disappearing. Imagine that you are approached by a fox, who offers help including a hi-tech tracking system so that you …

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Indonesia Needs to Get Away From Its ‘Eat, Smoke, Drink and Drive’ Economy

At the end of last month, H.M. Sampoerna made its debut as part of the Indonesian benchmark index, LQ45. Being the largest listed company at the Jakarta Composite Index, it has for long been a favorite amongst stock  brokerages and investors. Its $36 billion dollar market capitalization represents almost a tenth of the entire 528 …

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The tobacco endgame: Radical proposals part of strategy to win faltering war on smoking

In the faltering war against cigarettes, the latest battle cries are eye openers: prohibit smoking for anyone born after the year 2000; require a licence to buy cigarettes; nationalize the tobacco industry. Or just make selling cigarettes illegal. All have been proposed as part of the “tobacco endgame,” a radical — and controversial — new …

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Indonesian gov’t urged to prioritize health through effective tobacco taxation

Jakarta, 23 February 2016: Reducing tobacco use through effective tobacco taxation is critical to reducing poverty and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Tobacco use obstructs development and worsens poverty, yet tobacco consumption is increasing in Indonesia and has reached alarming proportions. Two out of every three Indonesian men are smokers. According to national surveys, smoking prevalence …

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