In Touch Review 2018

New Publications

The Tobacco Control Atlas – ASEAN Region, Fourth Edition SEATCA FCTC Scorecard 2018 Asian Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2018 Child Labor in Tobacco Cultivation in the ASEAN Region 

SEATCA lauds Malaysian Health Minister for saying no to kiddie packs

SEATCA welcomes the statement of Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam that the government will not support the proposal by the tobacco industry to re-introduce kiddie packs.  Industry lobbyist are using cigarette smuggling as an excuse to support their plan to bring back cigarette kiddie packs to the market according to Minister Subramaniam.  As …

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Singapore bans emerging tobacco products starting 1 February

Starting 1 February 2018, imitation and emerging tobacco products will no longer be allowed in Singapore.  According to SEATCA’s Smoke-free Program Manager Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, this is very timely because emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes are starting to become popular especially among the youth.  A recent report by the US FDA concludes that e-cigarettes are …

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Singapore increases tobacco tax to reduced consumption

February: SEATCA extends its congratulations to Singapore for its new tobacco tax increase to reduce tobacco consumption starting 20 February.  SEATCA hopes that the current tax increase will have an effect on higher price of cigarettes in order to discourage especially the young from taking up the habit. The previous study of SEATCA on the Relative …

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Tobacco companies violate law and exploit Lao PDR

In a statement released 5 February, SEATCA exposed how Imperial-controlled Lao Tobacco Company Ltd. and Lao-China Hongta Good Luck Tobacco Company are violating Lao PDR’s Pictorial Health Warnings (PHWs) Regulation.  Based on monitoring done by SEATCA in Vientiane Capital City in January and early February, cigarette packs from both companies still do not carry the …

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SEATCA Executive Director part of Civil Society Working Group on UN HLM on NCDs

SEATCA’s FCTC Program Director Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo has been chosen to be part of the twenty-five member-Civil Society Working Group on the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.  The working group’s aim is to advise the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on mobilizing civil society in a meaningful manner to …

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SEATCA holds forum on earmarked tobacco taxes for tobacco control at WCTOH

Cape Town, 9 March 2018: During the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), SEATCA organized a symposium on earmarking tobacco taxes for tobacco control.  Patricio V. Marquez, Lead Public Health Specialist of the World Bank discussed different perspectives of earmarking on tobacco taxes and Anne-Marie Perucic, Health Economist from the WHO-TFI, Geneva presented cases and best …

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Smoke-free Cities and Municipalities Summit held in Iloilo

SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Program Manager Dr. Domilyn Villareiz was the main resource speaker during the Smoke-Free Cities and Municipalities Summit organized by the Department of Health Region VI in Iloilo City, Philippines last 5 April 2018. The summit attended by more than 100 representatives from 40 cities and municipalities in Iloilo aims to facilitate sharing of best practices …

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Singapore retailers suspended for selling cigarettes to minors

SEATCA welcomes the move of Singapore to suspend for six months the license of 10 retailers caught selling cigarettes to minors during the surveillance and enforcement activities done by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). Under the Tobacco Act (Control of Advertisements and Sale), anyone caught selling tobacco products to those below the age of 18 will …

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