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An analysis of e-cigarette and polysubstance use patterns of adolescents in Bangkok, Thailand

November 2021 Bang-on Thepthien, Chit Su Tinn, Takuma Ofuchi, and Bee Kim Source: Tobacco Induced Diseases ABSTRACT Introduction:The prevalence of adolescent e-cigarette use has increased markedly in recent years. Specifically, the prevalence of e-cigarette use over the past 30 days was higher than the prevalence of use of other tobacco products. However, there is no …

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‘Sin’ tax hike urged to restore PH to fiscal health

25 November 2021 Ben O. de Vera Source: Inquirer.net International think tanks also push for carbon tax to narrow deficit, reduce debt Emerging markets like the Philippines—which need to narrow budget deficits and repay debts, after they ballooned due to the prolonged pandemic—can consider further jacking up “sin” taxes and imposing a carbon tax to …

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The Implementation Activist: How One Determined Person with a Camera Has Achieved Enforcement of Smoke-Free Laws throughout Thailand

November 2021 Naowarut Charoenca, Nipapun Kungskulniti, Vasin Pipattanachat, Siriwan Pitayarangsarit, Stephen Hamann, Jeremiah Mock. Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention Abstract Background: Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are leading causes of disease and premature death in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where over 80% of smokers live. Over 152 LMICs, including Thailand, have …

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Brand-switching and tobacco taxation in Vietnam

19 November 2021 Anh Nguyen Source: BMJ Journals Abstract Background The government of Vietnam is embarking on a radical tobacco excise tax reform, switching from the current pure ad valorem scheme to a mixed system by adding a specific component. There have been concerns raised by state-owned tobacco companies against this initiative that switching to a mixed …

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Philippines: Ex-Health chiefs, stakeholders slam DFA’s Locsin COP9 remarks

14 November 2021 Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas.  Source: GMA News Former Health secretaries of the Philippines, and local advocacy groups over the weekend denounced the statements made by the country’s top diplomat during the recent Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the United Nations. In a statement released Sunday, former health secretaries said Department of …

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Philippines: DOH opposes and dissociates from statement of PH delegation in FCTC COP9

10 November 2021 Source: Philippines Department of Health Press Release The Department of Health (DOH) opposed and dissociated from pro-tobacco industry statements made by the Philippine delegation in the ongoing 9th Conference of Parties (COP9) of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in Geneva, Switzerland. During the discussion on the …

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Philippines: Former health execs join clamor to junk vape bill

27 October 2021 Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco. Source: Business Mirror Stressing that it is a huge step backward in protecting the health of Filipinos, health experts, youth groups, and other non-government organizations (NGOs) have called on the Senate to listen to the people and to junk the vape bill now. Vapes and e-cigarettes are common names for electronic …

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Vaping Is Harmful, Not Safer

October 2021, SEATCA ASEAN region In the ASEAN region, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Singapore and Thailand have banned electronic smoking devices, while Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam and currently considering legislation. Globally about 40 countries have banned electronic smoking devices (ESD). Most recently, the Hong Kong legislature banned the sale of ESD. Governments need to take a precautionary approach and protect …

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