Regional Updates

Philippines: Quezon town temporarily bans cigarettes amid COVID-19 threat

29 March 2020 Delfin T.Mallari Jr. Inquirer LUCENA CITY, Quezon – The mayor of General Luna town in Quezon has ordered a temporary ban on the sale and purchase of cigarettes starting Monday (March 30) as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province. In issuing Executive Order …

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Lao PDR: Moving towards a smoke-free Plain of Jars

February 2020 SEATCA Lao PDR is moving forward with its smoke-free advocacy by meeting with the Departments of Health, Education and Sports, Security, Culture and Information, Tourism and Transport of Xiangkhouang Province to declare the new UNESCO World Heritage Site Plain of Jars smoke-free. The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Lao PDR. …

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Philippines: Duterte amends nationwide smoking ban, outlaws unregistered e-cigarettes

(UPDATED) ‘With the President as our reliable ally in public health, and with medical associations and advocacy groups joining our campaign, our anti-smoking efforts are made stronger,’ says Health Secretary Duque 29 February 2020 Michelle Abad MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Three months after President Rodrigo Duterte orally banned the use and importation of vapes, e-cigarettes …

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Philippines: After U.S. scandal, JUUL develops new market in the Philippines

Part 2: Amid a crackdown in its home market, leading e-cigarette company JUUL treads carefully with ‘transparency’ efforts as it sets up shop in the Philippines 27 February 2020 Michelle Abad READ: Part 1: Will e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? AT A GLANCE After suffering a backlash in the US for allegedly being responsible for …

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Indonesia: Exclusive: Juul halts Indonesia e-cigarette sales, throwing Asia expansion in doubt

24 February 2020 Chris Kirkham, Fanny Potkin, Neil Jerome Morales (Reuters) – Juul Labs Inc is halting sales in Indonesia, citing concerns that it can’t stop retailers from selling its high-nicotine e-cigarettes to young people in a largely unregulated tobacco market. Juul disclosed its Indonesia plans to Reuters as the news organization was inquiring about the company’s …

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Philippines: Baguio goes after vapers: fine, community service, or blood donation?

Those who fail to pay the penalties will face cases, Mayor Benjamin Magalong writes in his demand letter to those caught by the Smoke-free Task Force 17 February 2020 Frank Cimatu BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – One vaper was caught at T. Alonzo Street in Baguio City last February 3 by barangay tanods (village watchmen). Asked …

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