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Influence of cigarette packet branding and colours on young male smokers’ recognition, appeal and harm perceptions of tobacco brands in Cambodia: a mixed-methods study 

21 September 2022 By Thomas Stubbs, Victoria White, Hua-Hie Yong, Chhea Chhordaphea, John W Toumbourou, BMJ Journals Abstract Objectives To explore how cigarette packet branding and colours influence young male smokers’ perceptions of tobacco brands in Cambodia. Design Mixed-methods study. Setting Worksites, living accommodations, a university and public locations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Participants 147 male Cambodian smokers (18–24 years). Interventions Participants were shown mock-up …

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Philippines: Stronger crackdown on untaxed, imported vape products sought

15 September 2022 By Filane Mikee Cervantes, Philippine News Agency MANILA – A ranking House leader is seeking a stronger crackdown on violations of the Vaping Regulation Law amid reports that some online sales of vapes from abroad are being categorized on online platforms as “toys” and “electronics”. House ways and means committee chair Joey Salceda …

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Innovative Financing to Protect Public Health During a Pandemic

20 September 2022 By Anisa Ismail and Tan Yen Lian, Inter Press Service BANGKOK / PENANG, Sep 20 2022 (IPS) – Economic recovery since the COVID-19 pandemic has been uneven amidst a cautious loosening of restrictions. But even at the height of the pandemic, it was business as usual for the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies remain profitable, making US$ …

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Malaysia: Ban vape and e-cigarettes before more children get hooked on them, CAP urges govt

18 September 2022 By Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times GEORGE TOWN: The government must make an urgent decision to ban vape and e-cigarettes before more children get hooked on nicotine smoke. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is appealing to the Health Ministry to make a decision to ban all types of vaping devices and …

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Malaysia: Everyone plays an important role in preventing smoking among youths

11 September 2022 By Luqman Hakim, New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone plays an important role in ensuring the younger generation is not exposed to the dangers of smoking, said Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker. He said the Health Ministry was not the sole entity responsible for preventing the habit among …

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Malaysia: Snuff out public displays of smoking, vaping, Health DG tells artistes

24 August 2022 The Star PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry views seriously the issue of public displays of smoking and vaping by artistes in public or when on stage, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. “These actions show bad example to the society at large, especially children and youth. “From the health standpoint, smoking …

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Indonesia: Health impact of e-cigarette almost similar to regular cigarette: PDPI

12 August 2022 By: Katriana, Antara Hence, it is not true that e-cigarettes are safer, as e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes contain the same substances. Although e-cigarettes do not contain tar, this type of cigarette contains carcinogens Jakarta (ANTARA) – Chairman of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI) Dr Agus Dwi Susanto reminded the public that …

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Philippines: When public interest takes a backseat

8 August 2022 By Tita C. Valderama, The Manila Times ILOCANOS are stereotyped as being kuripot (stingy with money). President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., an Ilocano, showed this side of him when he vetoed four bills approved by the previous Congress. He returned the bills to the legislature with his veto messages, noting that the measures would either reduce …

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