Regional Updates

Cheers as Indonesia Gets Serious on Smoking, 16/12/09

Students protesting against smoking on World Anti-Tobacco Day in Jakarta earlier this year. (JG Photo/Safir Makki) Anti-smoking activists on Wednesday welcomed the government’s plan to ratify a World Health Organization treaty on tobacco control. “It is urgent for Indonesia to ratify the convention,” said Tulus Abadi, chairman of the Indonesian Consumers’ Foundation (YLKI) and chief …

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Cambodian moms-to-be chew tobacco for nausea, 03/12/09

AP – In this Aug. 29, 2009 photo, a Cambodian woman with chewing tobacco stained teeth looks on as she and … HANOI, Vietnam – When pregnant Cambodian women suffer morning sickness, they often reach for an unlikely source of relief: a wad of chewing tobacco. Many become hooked, and the World Health Organization warned Thursday it is …

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Sale Of Cigarettes In Packets Of Less Than 20 Prohibited, 01/12/09

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 (Bernama) — The sale of cigarettes in packets of less than 20 sticks will be prohibited effective June 1 next year. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that in line with the decision, cigarette companies had been given seven months from now until May 31 next year to dispose …

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Customs Adopts New Approach To Stem Trade In Illegal Cigarettes, 30/11/09

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 30 (Bernama) — The Customs Department Monday launched a new approach of inspecting business premises to check the distribution and sale of untaxed cigarettes in the Klang Valley. Customs Investigations Director Datuk Zainul Abidin Taib said Monday, the approach could trace traders of untaxed cigarettes and it differed from the approach of checking …

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Cigarette workers rally against rising tax, 03/12/09

About 3,000 cigarette workers rallied in front of the Customs and Excise Office in Malang, East Java, on Monday to protest the government’s decision to increase cigarette excise effective in January next year. “The increase of excise tax only burdens small cigarette producers,” rally coordinator Heri Susianto said in his oration, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com. …

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A deadly gathering in Bangkok: TabinfoAsia 2009 looks to roll back anti-tobacco policies in Asia

Bangkok-10 November 2009 — While Asia is struggling to arrest its smoking epidemic, the tobacco industry is planning to recruit more smokers and aggravate the disease and death toll, through its TabinfoAsia 2009 in Bangkok. The tobacco industry sees the Asia Pacific region as ‘one of the world’s most important tobacco markets’.  “This is a …

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Thai groups urge boycott, strict monitoring, of big tobacco convention in Thailand

Bangkok—04 November 2009—More than 50,000 people have signed on to a petition against TabinfoAsia 2009, a global tobacco industry exposition to be held in Thailand from 11-13 November 2009. The Thai Network Against TabinfoAsia 2009 (TNAT 2009), a partnership of over 500 local and regional health related organizations, said the gathered signatures proves that Thailand …

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Smoking blamed for 1 in 5 heart attacks, 26/10/09

 OUT of every five cases of a heart attack in Metro Manila, one can be attributed to exposure to secondhand smoke, the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday, citing the results of a survey conducted by antismoking advocates. World Lung Foundation (WLF) and the Paris-based International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) calculated …

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