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Philippines: When public interest takes a backseat

8 August 2022 By Tita C. Valderama, The Manila Times ILOCANOS are stereotyped as being kuripot (stingy with money). President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., an Ilocano, showed this side of him when he vetoed four bills approved by the previous Congress. He returned the bills to the legislature with his veto messages, noting that the measures would either reduce …

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SEATCA: Break cycle of nicotine addiction, expedite Malaysia’s GEG bill

5 August 2022 By Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times SEATCA senior policy adviser Dr Mary Assunta said the tobacco generational endgame (GEG) component of the bill was forward-looking and a long-term solution to better protect the youth due to the increasing smoking prevalence among teenagers. – NSTP/MIKAIL ONG   GEORGE TOWN: The Southeast Asia Tobacco …

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[OPINION] Filipinos’ health in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

2 August 2022 By Dr Ulysses Dorotheo, Rappler ‘This new law is even more backward’   On July 26, Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill No. 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” lapsed into law. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which called …

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Malaysia: Include more industry players in developing vape rules, BAT tells govt

25 July 2022 FMT PETALING JAYA: British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia has urged the health ministry to include industry players in developing appropriate regulations for vape products. This comes in light of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill that is slated to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next week. Last Friday, health minister Khairy …

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Philippines: Group blasts doctors favoring vape measure

23 July 2022 By Red Mendoza, The Manila Times A GROUP that opposes the passage of the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill or the Vape Bill has slammed doctors who are said to support the measure, calling them as false. In recent media releases, some doctors have urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to sign the bill, …

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Malaysia: Tobacco generational endgame legislation important step forward

14 July 2022 By Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times GEORGE TOWN: All Cabinet members and members of parliament (MPs) have been urged to unanimously support Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s proposal for a progressive law to eliminate smoking and possession of tobacco products for people born after 2005. CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader said if the …

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Philippines: Will Marcos Jr. choose public health over tobacco industry interests?

11 July 2022 By Tita C. Valderama, Source The Manila Times THE Supreme Court recently reversed a regional trial court decision to uphold the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cigarettes and tobacco products. The ruling came 13 years after a petition was filed for the court’s intervention in the legal battle between …

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Malaysia: KJ optimistic ‘generational endgame’ Bill on smoking will be tabled in Parliament this month

8 July 2022 By Fazleena Aziz Source: The Star SERDANG: The Health Ministry will hand over a memorandum on the draft Bill to ban smoking for those born after 2005 to the Cabinet meeting next week, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Health Minister says he is hopeful that the new Bill will be tabled in Parliament …

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Singapore: Smoking To Be Prohibited At Remaining Public Parks And Gardens, ABC Waters Sites And 10 Recreational Beaches From 1 July 2022

29 June 2022 Source: National Environment Agency JOINT ADVISORY BETWEEN NEA, NPARKS, PUB AND SDC  Singapore, 29 June 2022 – From 1 July 2022, smoking will be prohibited at the three new types of premises listed below, as earlier announced during the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment’s Committee of Supply Debate on 7 March 2022. …

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