Regional Updates

KT&G CEO highlights Indonesia as new global production hub

28 April 2024 By Hwang Joo-young, Korean Herald KT&G’s newly-appointed CEO Bang Kyung-man recently embarked on a business trip to Indonesia, a nation the company projects as a new production hub on the global stage, according to the South Korean cigarette manufacturer on Sunday. The business trip is Bang’s first since assuming the role of […]

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Not worth celebrating

30 April 3034 By Dr. Anthony Leachon, MD, VERA files It was distressing to see no less than the first lady and the agriculture secretary grace the opening of Philip Morris International’s Heated Tobacco Products (HTP) facility in Batangas. It runs contradictory to the “Love For All” program of the First Lady, which promotes healthy

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Awareness of tobacco industry tactics among tobacco control communities in Thailand and its association with attitudes towards tobacco industry and perceptions of e-cigarettes

10 April 2024 By Roengrudee Patanavanich and Stanton Glantz, BMJ Journals Abstract Background Tobacco industry denormalisation is a key strategy recommended by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as it is associated with reducing smoking behaviours and positively influencing public and policymakers’ opinion towards tobacco control. However, studies of awareness of tobacco industry tactics

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8,000 vaping-related offences in 2023, up 40% from year before

2 April 2024 By Koh Wan Ting, Channel News Asia Most of the offences were for the purchase, use and possession of vapes. SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities handled around 8,000 vaping-related offences last year, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health Rahayu Mahzam on Tuesday (Apr 2). This represented a 43 per cent jump from the 5,600

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Govt told to explain why lobbyists allowed to influence anti-smoking bill

16 March 2024 By New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: An MCA leader says the government should not have been influenced by tobacco companies and e-cigarette lobbyists on the anti-smoking bill, which included the generational endgame (GEG) provision. “The government needs to explain why it permits tobacco industry lobbyists to influence government policies,” said MCA Youth

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Strike Back Against Big Tobacco With Plain Packaging, Display Ban After GEG Defeat: Khairy

8 March 2024 By CodeBlue Khairy Jamaluddin urges the government to strike back against Big Tobacco with plain packaging and retail display bans, after GEG was dropped. He also calls for regulations under Act 852, which has yet to be enforced, to restrict vape sales to specialty stores. KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Khairy Jamaluddin

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