SEATCA Press Release

Govt’s must distinguish facts from tobacco industry fiction

Bangkok/Manila, 26 June 2020: During this COVID-19 pandemic, governments should be wary of tobacco industry misinformation about illicit trade and attempts to promote tobacco as essential products. According to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), during the current global economic slowdown, tobacco companies continue to manufacture and profit from tobacco products, despite a recognized …

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Case closed: WTO upholds standardized tobacco packaging with finality

Bangkok/Manila, 11 June 2020: On 9 June 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body affirmed with finality that Australia’s landmark standardized tobacco packaging law is fully consistent with international trade laws. This final ruling was celebrated by public health groups around the world, including the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “This historic judgment …

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#TheUnfilteredTruth Campaign

This coming 31 May, 2020, #WorldNoTobaccoDay2020, we’ll tell you #TheUnfilteredTruth about the tobacco industry.  #TobaccoExposed #WNTD2020 #WNTD Show your support for our vision of a tobacco-free world by changing your profile picture with our customized frame#BigTobaccoAddictedToKid #WorldNoTobaccoDay2020 #WNTD #WNTD2020 #Ecigarettes #HTPs #HeatedTobaccoProducts #Vaping Teaser 1: “Like and Share this on Facebook and Twitter!“ Teaser 2: “Like and Share this on Facebook and …

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#TheUnfilteredTruth: Tobacco companies’ new products for a new generation of addicts

Bangkok/Manila, 29 May 2020: The tobacco industry is selling new products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) to create new generations of addicts. This was revealed by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) in a new report “Today’s teens, tomorrow’s customers: Baiting youths with new tobacco products to create a new generation …

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Warning: Smoking and vaping can worsen COVID-19

Philippines/Bangkok, 26 March 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportune time for smokers and vapers to quit their addiction, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “The World Health Organization (WHO) clearly states that smoking and vaping are undoubtedly harmful. Given the available evidence about COVID-19, people who smoke or vape should quit now …

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SEATCA & University of Bath’s Open Letter to the PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW)

24 January 2020 Derek Yach President Foundation for a Smoke-free World Open Letter Dear Dr. Yach, SEATCA and University of Bath are not to be associated with your Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW). Since its launch in 2017, FSFW’s attempts to engage with the public health community have failed and …

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Tax increases on e-cigs and heated tobacco products to prevent youth uptake

Philippines/Bangkok, 24 January 2020: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes new taxes on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) signed into law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on 22 January 2020 to protect the health of all Filipinos especially the youth and the poor. “E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are harmful, promote …

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Asia Pacific meeting advances smoke-free tourism and heritage protection

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 28 November 2019: Around 200 smoke-free leaders and representatives from cities all over Asia Pacific are gathered in the home of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to discuss steps to promote and strengthen smoke-free tourism in different cities and heritage sites.  Organized by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) …

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New study exposes duplicity of tobacco companies’ unbelievable smoke-free claim

Bangkok/Manila, 23 October 2019: Big Tobacco apparently has no intention to reduce sales of cigarettes while aggressively promoting supposedly smoke-free alternative products. According to a new report Big Tobacco’s smoke-free deception: Tobacco trademarks in ASEAN countries uncover the truth, tobacco companies registered more intellectual property (IP) for cigarette brands than for brands of Electronic Nicotine …

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