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SEATCA Press Release

The Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA)

SEATCA is a member of the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA), a global coalition of public health organizations that recognize the significant intersection of tobacco control and environmental health. STPA will actively participate in the UN plastics treaty negotiations from November 2022 through 2024 and remain active to ensure strong implementation of treaty measures that …

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Governments should reject voluntary codes from the tobacco industry

Bangkok, 21 November – In anticipation of the 2023 release of a tobacco industry marketing code to establish a global marketing standard for electronic smoking devices (ESDs), the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) today warned governments not to be deceived.  In its latest report, “Tobacco Industry Duplicity: Recycling an Old Marketing Code,” SEATCA maintains …

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Countries urged: Follow Singapore’s successful enforcement of ban on electronic smoking devices

Bangkok, 9 November 2022 – Singapore successfully reduced its adult smoking rate to 10.1% in 2020 through multi-pronged tobacco control measures, including a ban on electronic smoking devices (ESD), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Despite the increasing prevalence of ESD use in some ASEAN countries, Singapore was quick to arrest the rise of …

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International Support for Malaysia’s Generational End Game for Tobacco

30 September 2022 At this critical juncture in history, when Malaysian Parliament is deciding on the fate of future generations of Malaysians, we write to lend full and unwavering support from the international tobacco control community to Malaysia’s Ministry of Health in its visionary effort to strengthen tobacco control through its generational end game (GEG) …

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Public health in the Philippines in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

27 July 2022 On July 26, the Philippine News Agency reported that the reconciled Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” had lapsed into legislation. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which …

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Filipinos urge President Duterte to veto the Vape Bill

Bangkok, June 29:  United with public health advocates and health experts in the Philippines, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) reiterates its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to protect the Filipino youth and veto the consolidated House Bill No. 9007 / Senate Bill No. 2239 also known as the Vape Bill. Philippine laws already …

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Tobacco industry trashes the planet while it profits and greenwashes

Media release for World Environment Day, 5 June 2022 Bangkok, 4 June 2022 – Tobacco claims 8 million lives globally and trashes the environment in the process. Over 6.25 trillion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every year, including 531 billion sticks in the ASEAN region, most of which are discarded into the environment. This is in …

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Philippines’ Supreme Court decision upholding FDA authority over tobacco products quashes industry attempt to escape health authorities

Bangkok, 13 June 2022 – The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomed the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision upholding the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) to regulate all products affecting health, including tobacco products. This decision is significant as it quashes a legal challenge by the …

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WNTD 2022: Tobacco industry harms people and planet

Bangkok, 30 May 2022 – Tobacco not only kills over eight million people every year; it also massively harms the environment. From cultivation to manufacturing, distribution, consumption, and post-consumption, tobacco endangers the environment and the health and well-being of people. Governments should make tobacco companies accountable for the harms that they cause the environment and …

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