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Is Exposure to Social Media Advertising and Promotion Associated with E-cigarette Use? Evidence from Indonesia

April 2022 By: Widya Ratna Wulan, Dian Kusuma, Nurjanah Nurjanah, Aprianti Aprianti, Abdillah Ahsan Source: ASIAN Pacific journal of cancer prevention Abstract Background: E-cigarette use is a growing public health concern globally, including in Indonesia. Objective: Our study aimed to assess whether exposure to advertising and promotion in social media is associated with e-cigarette use …

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Malaysia:Tobacco endgame ‘right strategy to snuff out smoking habit’

26 April 2022 Source: The Sun Daily KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health’s decision to introduce new legislation to address the smoking habit, through a strategy termed as Generational Endgame (GEG), is seen by experts and activists as a timely move. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is expected to table the proposed law in the Dewan …

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Malaysia: Majority Malaysians in support of Generational End Game Policy

20 April 2022 By: Tharanya Arumugam Source: New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are largely receptive to the government’s Generational End Game (GEG) Policy, which seeks to introduce a bold new Tobacco and Smoking Control Act to ban smoking and possession of tobacco products, including electronic vaporisers for people born after 2005. This was revealed …

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Philippines: Vape bill version 2022: Congress ‘hijacks’ stringent regulations

5 April 2022 By: Booma Cruz Source: VERA Files In an apparent rush to pass the vaping bill, the 18th Congress reversed itself without regard for legislative tradition or courtesy to a lone consistently dissenting colleague. “Traditionally, we are allowed to ask the sponsor questions during the report on the bicam… The bicameral report was …

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Thailand redesigns warning labels on cigarette packs showing extreme effects of smoking

30 March 2022 By: Pete Source: Thaiger Thailand has redesigned the graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, which show the harmful -and extreme – effects of smoking. Retailers and wholesalers across the country must start selling cigarettes with the new packaging starting April 11. The new labelling will be in line with an official announcement …

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Banning public smoking indoors in the Philippines: could it help 16 million people kick the habit?

27 March 2022 By: Geela Garcia Source: South China Morning Post A bill to ban almost all public smoking indoors is currently before Congress in the Philippines, where 110,000 people die from smoking-related diseases each year Advocates say education is as important as legislation, however – and emphasise the role that smokers’ communities can play …

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Philippines: Duque says vape bill a ‘Trojan horse’ in gov’t policy to protect health

17 March 2022 By: Joahna Lei Casilao Source: GMA News Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday advised the public that they should not be misled by a bill regulating vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products, saying this was a “Trojan horse” in the policy to protect health. Duque stressed there is growing evidence that vapes …

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Philippines: DepEd joins calls for Duterte to junk ‘anti-health’ vape bill

17 March 2022 By: Bonz Magsambol Source: Rappler Lawyers and the medical community have decried the ‘fake news’ behind the vape bill, disputing that it will provide safer alternatives to cigarettes MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has joined the medical community and the Department of Health (DOH) in appealing to President Rodrigo …

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