SEATCA Press Release

ITIC’s Excise Tax Manual Undermines Best Practice in Tobacco Taxation

Bangkok, 27 October 2015: ASEAN governments should be wary of the recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform: A Resource Manual released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC). The Manual is a tool for promoting vested interests rather than a tool designed to help governments. The Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) warned legislators and …

ITIC’s Excise Tax Manual Undermines Best Practice in Tobacco Taxation Read More »

Giant leap for tobacco control in TPP but countries must remain vigilant

Bangkok, 6 October 2015: For the first time in the history of multilateral trade and investment negotiations, tobacco has been singled out in a free trade agreement by excluding tobacco companies from using the investor state dispute settlement mechanisms (ISDS) of the 21st century trade agreement.  Negotiations among 12 countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded …

Giant leap for tobacco control in TPP but countries must remain vigilant Read More »

Call to Malaysian Government – Stand Firm in Position for Total Carve-out of Tobacco Control Measures in TPP

Bangkok, 2 October 2015: Malaysia must stand firm in their position on a total carve-out of tobacco control measures in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The latest proposal from the US Trade Representative does not go far enough to cover all the threats the tobacco industry poses to governments when they enact tobacco control measures. …

Call to Malaysian Government – Stand Firm in Position for Total Carve-out of Tobacco Control Measures in TPP Read More »

SEATCA urges ASEAN governments to speed-up implementation of tobacco tax policies

  Yangon, 18 September 2015: Countries in Southeast Asia remain lacking in effective tax policies on tobacco. This is the main finding of the report ‘Tobacco Tax Index: Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 6 in ASEAN Countries,” released today by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “The ASEAN region …

SEATCA urges ASEAN governments to speed-up implementation of tobacco tax policies Read More »

Tobacco Industry Meddles and Thwarts Tobacco Control in the ASEAN Region

Press Release Contact: Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, SEATCA FCTC Program Director, email: ulysses@seatca.org, mobile: +63(917)8862020 Tobacco Industry Meddles and Thwarts Tobacco Control in the ASEAN Region Manila, 18 August 2015: Tobacco industry interference and meddling in public health remains a big problem in ASEAN countries. This is the main finding of the recent report, Tobacco Industry …

Tobacco Industry Meddles and Thwarts Tobacco Control in the ASEAN Region Read More »

UN conference urges governments to tax tobacco to finance social development

Manila, 17 July 2015 Governments worldwide should consider using tobacco taxation as a tool to finance sustainable development and save lives, says the declaration of a major conference being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. Price and tax measures on tobacco can be an effective and important means to reduce tobacco consumption and health …

UN conference urges governments to tax tobacco to finance social development Read More »

New Report Details How U.S. Chamber of Commerce Helps Tobacco Industry Fight Life-Saving Policies

Manila, 16 July 2015: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, having close ties to the tobacco industry, has been actively derailing tobacco control regulations and undermining life-saving policies in dozens of countries around the world, according to a new report released by a coalition of public interest and health groups. The report, Blowing Smoke for Big …

New Report Details How U.S. Chamber of Commerce Helps Tobacco Industry Fight Life-Saving Policies Read More »

New WHO global report on tobacco epidemic highlights need for higher taxes, lauds Philippines sin tax law

8 July 2015, Manila: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) applauds the latest WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic (2015)”. Launched in Manila, Philippines this week, the report focuses on tobacco taxation, which is a proven measure to reduce tobacco consumption and prevent tobacco-caused diseases, disabilities, and premature deaths. The WHO report also …

New WHO global report on tobacco epidemic highlights need for higher taxes, lauds Philippines sin tax law Read More »

Failed: Tobacco Industry Funded Research on Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

  Manila, 30 May 2015: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has stamped Failed on a tobacco industry funded research on illicit trade of tobacco products in 14 Asian countries. Last year, Philip Morris International funded a second research on illicit trade of tobacco products in Asia, called Asia-14 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2013 which …

Failed: Tobacco Industry Funded Research on Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products Read More »