Regional Updates

Anti-smoking advocates decry absence of graphic-images requirement , 21/01/10

The text-only warnings fall short of complying with recommendations outlined in the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to which Cambodia became a signatory in November 2005. Article 11 of the convention states that health warnings should cover at least 30 percent of all cigarette packages and advises the use of pictures …

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US giant distributed foreign cigarettes; DSI takes up case – The Nation January 20, 2010

American tobacco giant Philip Morris’ legal troubles in the Kingdom appear to have deepened, with a Commerce Ministry probe having determined that the firm likely breached the Foreign Business Act (FBA), a senior ministry source said. The Department of Special investigation earlier accused the firm of understating the prices of its imported cigarettes in order …

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SITT MOU Signing in Cambodia

 The SEATCA-Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT), formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its major partner in Cambodia, the WHO, last 14 January 2010 at the WHO Offices in Phnom Penh.  In photo is SEATCA Director, Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee and WHO-Cambodia Representative Dr. Pieter JM van Maaren. The SITT is a major five-year initiative on tobacco tax in …

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One week in and still nobody fined for smoking at public sites, 01/09/10

       VietNamNet Bridge – One week after smoking was banned in offices and public sites not one person has been fined for breaking the new rules. The law not being implemented is coming as no surprise. Nguyen Van Truong, vice head of the Hanoi Railway Station, said: “We ask passengers at the ticket booths …

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Davao City’s smoking ban wins international award, 10/01/10

MANILA, Philippines – An international organization has cited the Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force for its unwavering commitment to promote smoke-free policies in the country. The task force implements the city government’s stiff campaign against smoking in public places, including government and private offices, malls, churches, bars and public transportation.   The multi-partner initiative Global …

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One week in and stillnobody fined for smoking at public sites,09/01/10

      VietNamNet Bridge – One week after smoking was banned in offices and public sites not one person has been fined for breaking the new rules.The law not being implemented is coming as no surprise. Nguyen Van Truong, vice head of the Hanoi Railway Station, said: “We ask passengers at the ticket booths …

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Davao eyes ban of cigarette vendors from sidewalks, 31/12/2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – After seven years of outlawing cigarette smoking in public places and public utility vehicles here, the city council now wants to amend the ordinance to also ban cigarette vendors from the city’s sidewalks and streets.   Councilor Peter Laviña, trade committee chairman, said the council proposes to expand the ban because …

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