Regional Updates

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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SEATCA: Break cycle of nicotine addiction, expedite Malaysia’s GEG bill

5 August 2022 By Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times SEATCA senior policy adviser Dr Mary Assunta said the tobacco generational endgame (GEG) component of the bill was forward-looking and a long-term solution to better protect the youth due to the increasing smoking prevalence among teenagers. – NSTP/MIKAIL ONG   GEORGE TOWN: The Southeast Asia Tobacco …

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[OPINION] Filipinos’ health in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

2 August 2022 By Dr Ulysses Dorotheo, Rappler ‘This new law is even more backward’   On July 26, Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill No. 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” lapsed into law. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which called …

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Malaysia: Include more industry players in developing vape rules, BAT tells govt

25 July 2022 FMT PETALING JAYA: British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia has urged the health ministry to include industry players in developing appropriate regulations for vape products. This comes in light of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill that is slated to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next week. Last Friday, health minister Khairy …

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Philippines: Group blasts doctors favoring vape measure

23 July 2022 By Red Mendoza, The Manila Times A GROUP that opposes the passage of the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Bill or the Vape Bill has slammed doctors who are said to support the measure, calling them as false. In recent media releases, some doctors have urged President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to sign the bill, …

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Malaysia: Tobacco generational endgame legislation important step forward

14 July 2022 By Audrey Dermawan, New Straits Times GEORGE TOWN: All Cabinet members and members of parliament (MPs) have been urged to unanimously support Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s proposal for a progressive law to eliminate smoking and possession of tobacco products for people born after 2005. CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader said if the …

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