SEATCA Press Release

Now available: Free, self-paced e-learning platform on innovative and sustainable financing for health promotion

Bangkok, 25 March 2024: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, in partnership with ThaiHealth Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), formally launched the Health Promotion Fund Resource Hub E-Learning Platform in Panama City, Panama on 9 February 2024. The platform was launched alongside the Tenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP10) of the World Health Organization Framework […]

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Global youths challenge governments to protect them from the tobacco industry

Bangkok, 4 March 2024: Young people from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania made themselves heard throughout the Tenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that recently concluded in Panama. Calling on governments to represent their best interests, the youth delegates urged Parties to

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Viniton guilty of violating law banning tobacco advertising, says Cambodian court

19 February, Bangkok – The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Viniton Group Company Ltd and its marketing executive guilty of violating the 2015 law on the control of tobacco products. Viniton was fined KHR 30 million (USD 7,356.55) and ordered to reimburse KHR 20 million (USD 4,904.36) to the Ministry of Health (MOH). The Cambodia

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Truth not tobacco industry misinformation about harm reduction: from Manila to Panama

Panama City, 7 February: News feeds in the Philippines regarding the ongoing tenth session of the Conference of Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are being fed half-truths and misinformation from the tobacco industry.  In its opening statement at the start of the weeklong COP10, the Philippine delegation eagerly announced

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ASEAN countries among top 25 countries worldwide with standardized tobacco packaging and largest pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs

Panama City, 6 February: The latest Cigarette Package Health Warnings report by the Canadian Cancer Society reveals increasing global progress on pictorial health warnings (PHW) and standardized packaging on cigarettes. Three ASEAN countries are among 28 countries and territories that have adopted standardized tobacco packaging, up from only six countries in 2018 and 18 countries

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Thailand and Singapore top ASEAN tobacco control report card; Indonesia is failing

Bangkok, 24 January 2024 – Thailand, followed closely by Singapore, scored the highest in the 2023 tobacco control scorecard launched by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) ahead of the tenth session of the Conference of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, taking place in Panama from 5-10 February 2024. The

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Thai youth group urges Prime Minister to maintain and strengthen ban on e-cigarettes 

  12 January 2024, Bangkok: For National Children’s Day 2024, the Ramathibodi Medical Student Association urged the Thailand Prime Minister Mr Srettha Thavisin to “maintain the law banning the importation and sale of e-cigarettes” and called for the “urgent enforcement of the law” specifically in restricting sales of e-cigarettes. Mr. Pat Ngamdejkit, a representative of

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Myanmar Bows to Industry, Postpones Life-Saving Standardized Tobacco Packaging for Third Time

21 December 2023, Bangkok: Myanmar was poised to be the third country in Asia after Thailand and Singapore to implement standardized tobacco packaging, but the government has once again succumbed to tobacco industry pressure and delayed its implementation for a third time, giving the industry till 31 December 2024.  The Ministry of Health’s initial order

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WHO wake-up call: children hooked as governments sleepwalk in e-cigarette epidemic

14 December 2023, Bangkok: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) echoes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) call for urgent action to control e-cigarettes to protect children and the general population. These products are harmful and not effective for quitting tobacco use. WHO’s latest statement says, “E-cigaretteswith nicotine are highly addictive and alarming evidence has

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Malaysia misses golden opportunity to protect future generations from addiction and disease

1 December 2023, Bangkok: By failing to include the Generational Endgame provision in the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Act 2023, the Malaysian parliament has missed a golden opportunity to prevent future generations from becoming victims of the tobacco epidemic, even as it grapples with the existing tobacco and vaping problem, says the

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