Regional Updates

First ASEAN Focal Points for Tobacco Control Meeting

      The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand organized the first meeting on ASEAN Focal Points on Tobacco Control  (AFPTC) in Bangkok, last 6 October 2009. The two-day meeting aimed to bring together all the appointed Focal Points from the Ministry of Health of …

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Majority support stricter controls proposed under Smoking Act-09/10/09

The Health Promotion Board has received 171 responses from the public on proposed amendments to the Smoking (Control of Advertisements and Sale of Tobacco) Act. Among them – 131 were from individuals, 12 from the tobacco industry, with the rest comprising healthcare professionals and community organisations. The proposed amendments include banning tobacco sponsorship, lowering the …

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Thailand’s New Picture Cigarette Pack Warnings Officially Law

The new graphic health warning regulation of Thailand has been printed in the Royal Gazette on September 30, 2009.  It will become effective in six months, allowing another three months for the phase out of products with the old warnings.       Smokers Die from Stroke Cigarette Smoke Causes 10 Different Kinds of Cancer Smoking …

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Big tobacco infiltrates social network sites, 07/10/09, ABC News

Front of a Facebook member’s homepage, September 2009. (ABC News) There are concerns big tobacco companies are using social networking sites like Facebook to sell more cigarettes. University of Sydney PHD student Becky Freeman says strict rules for print and television advertising are forcing tobacco companies to develop marketing strategies online.   Ms Freeman is …

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2010 Gates Award for Global Health

‘Nominations are invited for the 2010 Gates Award for Global Health.  This award was established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reward and exemplify organizations which have developed processes for improving health, especially in resource poor settings, with measurable results.  Any organization from any country in the world that has substantially improved the …

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FCA updates

Read updates from the first meeting of Intersessional Drafting Group 1 on the FCA intranet here: http://fcaintranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=169&Itemid=2

’TAK NAK’ DRIVE: Continue with the shock tactics-Letters, New Straits Times

I THINK Marcus Osborne (“Tak Nak” shock and awe tactics fail — NST, Sept 19) is using outdated data in his report on the Health Ministry’s “Tak Nak” campaign. I am providing updated data and international best practices to show why the ministry must continue with the shock tactics to wean smokers off smoking and …

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