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Malaysia: Seven individuals lose appeal to overturn smoking ban in eateries

23 November 2022 By Bernama, New StraitsTimes PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today upheld the Health Ministry’s decision to ban smoking in all eateries, ruling that smoking in public places is not a fundamental right that should be protected under the Federal Constitution. A three-member panel comprising of the Court of Appeal judges Datuk …

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Health experts: Tobacco use causes a loss of economic value of up to 3.6 billion kip. Each year, about 6,800 people die from tobacco-related diseases in Lao PDR.

17 November 2022 World Health Organization Tobacco use causes a loss of up to 3.6 billion kip. Each year, about 6,800 people die from tobacco-related diseases in the Lao PDR – and these deaths can be prevented – said a team of regional and international health experts who visited Vientiane this week to discuss effective …

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Philippines: Tobacco taxes proposed for sustainability efforts

21 November 2022 By Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson, BusinessWorld TOBACCO TAXES of at least 75% of the retail price should be devoted to financing sustainable development programs, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “Additional revenue and fiscal space generated through higher tobacco taxes would help governments raise resources to meet various social …

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Thailand: Hospital confirms first case of vape-linked lung infection

11 November 2022 By Apinya Wipatayotin, Bangkok Post Thailand has found its first confirmed case of vaping-associated lung injury (Evali), according to Winai Wananukul, Chief of the Internal Medicine Division at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University.  He identified the patient as a male office worker on Wednesday. “We have found many possible Evali cases but the …

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Philippines: Doctor urges public to quit smoking, vaping to protect lung health

8 November 2022 By Analou de Vera, Manila Bulletin A doctor from the Lung Center of the Philippines reminded cigarette and vape users that quitting such habits is an important way to protect their lung health and avoid diseases. “Prevention pa rin, kaya talagang isinusulong din po natin iyong huwag magsisigarilyo ang ating mga kababayan …

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Thailand: ‘Teen vaping crisis’ drives public unease

4 November 2022 By Gary Boyle, Bangkok Post A domestic tobacco control network has voiced concern about young children smoking e-cigarettes. A member of the national tobacco product control board said there has been a spike in the number of teenagers who vape. According to a survey on Thai people’s health conducted in 2019 and 2020, 5.3% of children aged …

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Commentary: Teen vaping too big a collateral damage to accept for a relatively ineffective smoking cessation aid

30 October 2022 By Yvette Van Der Eijk, Channel News Asia Youths seem to believe vaping is harmless. The reality is far from the truth, says Yvette van der Eijk of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. SINGAPORE: Although the possession and use of vapes is banned in Singapore, vaping is a growing problem. …

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Philippines: Baguio’s anti-smoking drive lauded

1 November 2022 By Gaby B. Keith, The Manila Times BAGUIO CITY: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. praised the Summer Capital’s comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance and urged other local government units to adopt the same effective measure during the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) 8th Asia Pacific Smoke-Free …

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Malaysia’s GEG move a visionary effort, says tobacco control community

1 October 2022 By The New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Generational End Game (GEG), undertaken through the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, has been described as a visionary effort to strengthen tobacco control. The GEG has been lauded and backed by 17 international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals from the international tobacco control community. …

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Malaysia, KJ: With GEG law, no need for harm reduction for those born after 2007

 28 September 2022 By Fatimah Zainal,  the Star PUTRAJAYA: Harm reduction methods such as vaping and ecigarettes will not be necessary for Malaysians born after 2007, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said in the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, vapes and ecigarettes were allowed to be sold to those born before 2007. However, …

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