Regional Updates

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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Cambodia: City Hall orders tobacco companies to stop advertising

7 February 2020 Mom Kunthear The City Hall has ordered all tobacco companies to cease advertising and displaying cigarettes in public because they violate the Law on Tobacco Control. In a statement yesterday, City Hall said that displaying cigarette boxes is in direct violation of the law. “The City hall noticed that some tobacco companies …

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Smoke-Free hotels and restaurants recognized by MoT

12 February 2020 Seventeen Hotels and restaurants in Kampong Speu Province were given awards by the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia for complying with the Sub-decree on Smoke-free Workplaces and Public Places in tourism business and services.  The Sub-Decree on Smoke-free Workplaces and Public Places was issued by the Royal Government of Cambodia in March 2016, …

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Singapore: Tobacco company fined S$15,000 for supplying cigarettes at a music event in 2016

21 February 2020 Jay Yesterday, (20 Feb), Japan Tobacco International Singapore (JTI) pleaded guilty to three offence under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act 1993 for supplying cigarettes at Ultra Singapore 2016 music event. The company was fined S$15,000 in total. The court stated that it took into account, five other similar charges …

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Sin taxes should be adjusted every 3 years —solon

28 January 2020 Ted Cordero To effectively address health concerns arising from consumption of tobacco and alcohol products, excise taxes should be adjusted every three years as income generation rapidly catches up with higher levies, a lawmaker said Tuesday. Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11467, a new law increasing excise taxes on alcohol …

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