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SEATCA calls out ironic tobacco industry donation of respirators to Philippines’ Department of Health

(14 June 2021, Bangkok) SEATCA calls out the fake charity that the tobacco industry displayed in the Philippines when it donated respirators at the height of the pandemic. The Department of Health received about 400 respirators from the Temasek Foundation, 30 of which were from a private company with ties to the tobacco industry. Pursuant …

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SEATCA renews call for tobacco endgame as part of COVID-19 recovery

(25 May 2021, Bangkok) As over 140 organizations around the world today called for phasing out cigarette sales, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) reiterates that a phase-out of cigarette sales is the bare minimum that governments should do to fight and end the tobacco pandemic that kills 8 million people globally each year. …

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World No Tobacco Day 2021 #TheUnfilteredTruth

World No Tobacco Day 2021 #TheUnfilteredTruth Today, let’s #QuitTheTobaccoIndustry.  It has no place in a country’s development.  Beware of this industry’s deception and manipulation. #TheUnfilteredTruth#NoDealwiththeTobaccoIndustry#QuitTheTobaccoIndustry#WorldNoTobaccoDay2021#CommitToQuit https://youtu.be/i4Zs8R8ON4E These numbers don’t lie These numbers don’t lie. Here is a clear picture of death and disease in the ASEAN region due to the interference and manipulation of the …

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Tobacco Tax Index 2021 says ASEAN region making slow progress in tobacco tax efforts

Press Statement: 19 MAY 2021 Based on the 2021 edition of the Tobacco Tax Index—an appraisal by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) of the ASEAN region’s application of tobacco tax measures – ASEAN governments should strengthen and accelerate implementation of tobacco tax policies to continually reduce tobacco use. The report was launched during …

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97 Organizations Call on UN Human Rights Committee to Address Menthol Tobacco

Quezon City, Philippines: Today, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and 96 organizations from around the world submitted a report to the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), an international human rights body made up of independent experts responsible for monitoring the implementation of the International Convention of the …

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SEATCA says new WHO technical manual on tobacco taxation is vital for COVID-19 recovery response

16 April 2021 Tobacco use costs the world over USD 1.4 trillion annually from health expenditures and lost productivity, says the World Health Organization (WHO), which, on 12 April 2021, released a new technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration, an update of its 2010 publication. This latest report comes with a clear message: …

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Statement on Regulation of Electronic Smoking Devices

25 November 2020 The World Health Organization has warned that all forms of tobacco, including heated tobacco products (HTP), are harmful and that e-cigarettes are undoubtedly harmful. Worryingly, the Global Youth Tobacco Surveys (GYTS) show increasing youth exposure and use of these electronic smoking devices (ESD) in many countries. Unfortunately, these products are freely promoted …

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Tobacco industry interference in public health policy remains high despite COVID-19 pandemic

Philippines/Bangkok, 20 November 2020: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the tobacco industry has been vigorously influencing and interfering in public health policies in the ASEAN region. At the same time, governments are moving slowly and, in some instances, retreating from their obligation to protect those policies from industry interference. These are the main findings of a …

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Exposed: The tobacco industry’s transformation lie

Philippines/Bangkok, 22 September 2020: Despite publicized attempts to redeem its reputation in the eyes of governments and the public, the tobacco industry is not transforming, and governments and the public should not be deceived, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). Through its promotional group, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW), Philip Morris …

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Foundation funded by Philip Morris hijacks SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Index

Bangkok, 15 July 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has accused the Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW) funded by Philip Morris International (PMI) of hijacking its Smoke-free Index, first published in 2016 in support of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). SEATCA developed its Smoke-Free Index to …

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