Regional Updates

How much did you earn today? How much for your cigarettes?, The Jakarta Post-08/13/09

Spending almost all day sitting on his motorcycle Iwan, 30, an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver at Slipi intersection, West Jakarta, thinks nothing is more relaxing than drinking a glass of hot, black coffee and smoking a pack of cigarettes amid the scorching heat and choking haze from passing vehicles. Working from 6 a.m. to 5 …

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More ‘deceptive’ smugglers, But record 23,800 cases foiled this year

SMUGGLERS are adapting their methods to elude the border authorities. From hiding contraband in broken-down buses being towed across the Causeway to concealing cigarette cartons within concrete slabs, smugglers these days are a different breed from those of old who simply stowed the stash in makeshift vehicle compartments, for example. The observation on their modus …

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Street Wise: Smokers have reason to be worried sick

Since its establishment in 2001, the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation has done an extraordinary job of discouraging smoking in the Kingdom. Warning labels featuring graphic images of the possible consequences of smoking have been placed on cigarette packages. Though Canada lays claim to being the first country in the world to adopt such …

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Special Report: Who’s trying to kill the tobacco bill?

Indonesia, where cigarette prices are the cheapest in the world, has signed a convention on tobacco control along with 175 other countries as a sign of commitment to limiting the impact of tobacco and cigarettes on the population, particularly on minors. However, a bill on tobacco control, which if passed will automatically ratify the convention, …

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Health officials seek public views on proposed amendments to Smoking Act

 Posted: 02 August 2009 2157 hrs SINGAPORE: Underage smokers who get caught lighting up could soon face fines of up to S$500. This is one of several proposed changes to the Smoking Act, aimed at reversing the rising trend of smoking in young adults aged 18-29 years. Other proposed amendments include lowering tar and nicotine …

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DISEASE: Focus on cancer prevention

2009/07/30 THE health minister and the Ma-laysian Oncological Society president’s recent statements that there were only 50 oncologists in the country has me worried (“Travelling far for cancer treatment” — NST, July 24). However, their solution to the problem, that is training 50 more oncologists, left me wondering whether 100 will be enough. While the …

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Conflicting rules for concert organisers

    CONCERT organisers are hearing confusing annotations on sponsorship by liquor and tobacco companies. They say regulations pertaining to sponsorship of concerts by liquor and tobacco companies continue to stupefy them. Consider this: Beer makers had sponsored several major recent concerts and despite the wide publicity the authorities did not take any action to …

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MCTC laud effort to introduce nicotine tests in sports schools

        SAY NO: (L-R) Haniki, Shaari, Syed, Koris, Abu Bakar and Foong posing with their leaflets THE Malaysia Council for Tobacco (MCTC) welcomed the initiative by the National Sports Institute (NSI) to introduce nicotine tests in sports schools. Their president, K. Koris Atan, however, stressed that the parties concerned should emphasise on the educational …

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