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Philippines: Three govt agencies put pressure on Congress to scrap bill on vapes, e-cigarettes

16 September 2021 Klaire Ting. Source: Vera files The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined medical practitioners and youth leaders on Wednesday in asking Congress to reject the bill that seeks to lower the age of persons who can buy, use or sell vapes and electronic …

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13th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health Declaration

Conference theme: Professional Alliance Moving Together for a Tobacco-Free Society This year, the 13th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT13) takes place virtually while the world continues to struggle with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tobacco use, with its known adverse health risks, is now even more of a hazard, further …

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Vape use could lead to alcohol and illegal drug use ー health experts

1 September 2021 Reiven Pascasio. Source: VERA files Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) smoking or vaping could open the way for the youth and non-smokers to use alcohol and illegal drugs, warned health experts who described these novel products as anti-health. They called for the scrapping of a Senate bill aimed at regulating sales and consumption of …

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Indonesia: The tobacco industry reaps double benefits from children #SaveSmallHands

30 August 2021 Source: Emancipate Indonesia Today, Emancipate Indonesia and Lentera Anak Foundation disseminated the study results on how the tobacco industry reaps benefits from upstream to downstream through child labour and child smoker. Upstream, the tobacco industry reaps benefit from tobacco leaves that are grown, harvested, dried, and processed by the small hands of …

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Philippines: Youth groups urge senate to junk vape bill

24 August 2021 Dang Samson Garcia. Source: The Post DIFFERENT youth and student organizations on Monday urged the Senate to junk a measure that relaxes regulations on the sale, manufacture and marketing of vapes and e-cigarettes in the country. Senate Bill 2239 or the Non-Combustible Delivery Systems Act, commonly-referred to as Vape Bill, is pending …

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Philippines: Medical professionals, health experts call for stronger tobacco control measures

16 August 2021 Jhon Aldrin Casinas Source: Manila Bulletin Members of medical professional associations and public health experts have called on Monday, Aug. 16 for stronger tobacco control measures as part of the country’s response against the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Glynna Ong-Cabrera of the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) said that smokers are more …

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Policy incoherence and tobacco control in Indonesia: an analysis of the national tobacco-related policy mix

6 August 2021 Elisabeth Kramer, Abdillah Ahsan, Vaughan W Rees Source: BMJ Journals Abstract Introduction Indonesia has a high smoking prevalence that has not diminished significantly since 1990. Considering this, we aim to summarise the existing national tobacco-related policy mix and explore markers of policy incoherence in tobacco control between 2014 and 2020. Methods We conducted (1) …

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A corporate cloud over the right to health

10 August 2021 Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo Source: Asia Democracy Chronicles Despite more than half a century’s worth of evidence detailing tobacco’s deadly health consequences, the tobacco industry still lures millions of people worldwide and remains deeply entrenched in society, thanks to a strong political lobby and well-funded marketing to interfere with public health campaigns. ifty-seven …

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