Regional Updates

Singapore: 10 tobacco retailers have their licences suspended for selling cigarettes to underage buyers

24 July 2020 Jean Iau, The Straits Times: Ten tobacco retailers who sold cigarettes to people under the minimum legal age had their licences suspended by the authorities. The punishment was meted out between August 2019 and June 2020. In a statement on Friday (July 24), the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said the retailers were …

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Tobacco Industry Factoid on Illicit Trade Leading Governments Astray

21 July 2020 Sophapan Ratanachena-McWhortor and Dr. Hana Ross, SEATCA: BANGKOK, Thailand, Jul 21 2020 (IPS) – A factoid is unreliable information repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact. One such factoid repeatedly echoed across the globe by the tobacco industry is that tobacco tax increases worsen cigarette smuggling. For governments facing challenges to …

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Protecting tobacco tax from industry sabotage webinar

On 3 July, SEATCA gathered public health experts, tobacco control advocates and government agencies online for #TheUnfilteredTruth Webinar Series: Protecting tobacco tax from industry sabotage to educate government agencies and advocates how the tobacco industry undermines tobacco tax policies especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.  We heard from several experts including World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco Control Economics …

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Investing in Tobacco Control: Twelve Years of MPOWER Measures and Progress in the Western Pacific Region

July 2020 Katia De Pinho Campos, Mina Kashiwabara, Ashlee Teakle, Ramon De Guzman, Kate Lannan, and Susan Mercado, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: Abstract Tobacco use has detrimental effects in the Western Pacific Region. The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into effect in 2005 to address the global …

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Philippines: DOF mulls ban on online sale of cigarettes, alcohol

6 July 2020 Mary Grace Padin: The Philippine Star, MANILA, Philippines — In another step to tighten the regulation of sin products, the Department of Finance (DOF) may ban the online sale of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF may ban the sale of …

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Singapore: Mandatory standardised packaging, bigger graphic health warnings on all tobacco products from Jul 1

29 June 2020 CNA A proposed layout of a standardised cigarette box. (Photo: Ministry of Health) SINGAPORE: All tobacco products sold in Singapore must have standardised packaging and enlarged graphic health warnings from Jul 1 as part of the country’s continued tobacco control efforts, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a news release on …

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Vietnam: The harmful effects of electronic cigarettes

24 June 2020 Dong Thap Online Electronic cigarette devices (TLTT) include: battery parts, charging, heating, gas flow; parts containing electronic solution tubes. TLTD works by heating the dissolved liquid, creating an aerosol form for the user to inhale. TLTT has two types: open-tube solution for users to mix, pour the solution into the tube and closed-tube solution …

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Indonesia: Child Smokers Easy Target for Tobacco Industry: Ministry

18 June 2020 Tara Marchelin: Jakarta Globe Jakarta. Indonesian children are an easy target market for the tobacco industry, said Lenny Rosalin, the deputy head for child growth and development affairs at the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry. According to data from the Health Ministry, 0.7 percent of 79.5 million children in Indonesia are active smokers. “Children …

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Celebrating tobacco control champions in the Western Pacific Region

22 May 2020 World Health Organization: Dr Mom Kong, Cambodia Movement for Health, receives WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes individuals or organizations from across the world for their accomplishments in tobacco control with WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards and World No Tobacco Day Awards.  For World No Tobacco Day 2020, the honour …

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