Regional Updates

Smokers flout anti-smoking bylaw, 23/10/09

Surabaya–Many local residents were still seen puffing away on their favorite cigarettes in malls and other public areas as the Surabaya municipal administration started enforcing the bylaw against smoking in public places on Thursday. Budi, a shopper at a mall, said Thursday he was unaware such an ordinance had been enacted last year in Surabaya. …

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Sub-decree orders visual warnings on cigarette packages, 19/10/09

THE Council of Ministers is to make graphic new warning labels on cigarette packages mandatory – part of a plan aimed at combating one of the world’s leading killers. The visual warning labels will be mandatory on all cigarette packets sold in Cambodia, with the graphics occupying no less than 30 percent of the packaging …

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Analysts surprised by tobacco duty increase before tabling of budget, 06/10/09

ANALYSTS said they were caught by surprise over the government’s move to raise excise duties on tobacco, three weeks ahead of the tabling of Budget 2010. They said the directive to increase tobacco excise duties by 1 sen per stick to 19 sen came earlier than anticipated. They had thought that any increase would be …

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Govt denies involvement in missing tobacco article, 13/10/09

The government has denied any involvement in the striking off of a contentious sub-article on tobacco in the recently endorsed health law, deemed an effort to protect the country’s cigarette industry. State Secretary Hatta Radjasa said Tuesday the law, passed by the House of Representatives last month, was already missing the sub-article when his office …

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‘Towards the Green, Clean, Beautiful, Smoke-free City of Hanoi’

    Last 10th October 2009, the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations had a peace march: ‘Towards the Green, Clean, Beautiful, Smoke-free City of Hanoi’, to mark the occasion and commemorate the 999th anniversary of the Thang Long-Hanoi.  This activity was co-organized by the Hanoi People’s Committee and MInistry of Foreign Affairs.  The march, which coincides …

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