SEATCA Press Release

SEATCA Statement on PMI’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) joins the international public health community in denouncing[1] the Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World that is positioned to sabotage global tobacco control. Governments, universities, and health advocates must reject any partnerships with this foundation. PMI’s contribution to the foundation of around US$ 80 million […]

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Thailand bans smoking in the beaches of Phuket and Pattaya

Bangkok, 12 October 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) strongly supports Thailand’s decision to ban smoking in its popular beaches starting November to decrease environmental litter and pollution.   “We are very pleased with this news and we urge the government to be strong in the enforcement, monitor the compliance and impose penalty strictly,” said

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UN Global Compact bans Big Tobacco, follows example of UN agencies

Bangkok, 13 September 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) applauds the decision of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to permanently ban the tobacco industry from UNGC participation, along with businesses associated with producing landmines or nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; businesses subject to a UN sanction; and businesses blacklisted by the UN Procurement Office for

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Tobacco threatens development – ASEAN countries must step-up tobacco control to save and improve lives

Bangkok, 29 May 2017: The World Health Organization has declared tobacco a threat to development to commemorate this year’s World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco worsens poverty, damages health, and causes devastating social, economic, and environmental harms to the ASEAN community and the rest of the world. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) urges countries in the

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Cutting ties with the tobacco industry a good first step but ITIC must withdraw PMI-sponsored flawed reports

Bangkok, 24 May 2017: The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) has reportedly cut its ties with the transnational tobacco companies. According to a Financial Times report, the ITIC had asked tobacco representatives to resign from its Board and will no longer accept sponsorship contributions from tobacco companies. ITIC’s President was quoted to have said that the

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BAT’s harmful business, damaging poorest countries in the ASEAN.

Bangkok, 26 April 2017: British American Tobacco (BAT) is making big money out of the poorest countries in ASEAN. Tobacco use is declining in developed countries so tobacco companies are increasing sales in developing countries in Asia. Asia is important for BAT’s profits. As BAT conducts its AGM today, their profits from the Asia-Pacific region in 2016 amounts

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Tobacco control measures saved more than one million lives in the Philippines

Bangkok, 22 March 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) commends the Philippines on the results of its second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) which reported that from 2009 to 2015, 1.1 million Filipinos have kicked the smoking habit due to life-saving tobacco control measures. According to the survey, tobacco use prevalence fell from 29.7 percent in 2009 to

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The ILO must end ties with the tobacco industry

Bangkok, 10 March 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) calls upon the International Labour Organization to end its ties with the tobacco industry.   On 16 March 2017 the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will decide on its relationship with the tobacco industry. For many years the ILO has had a close working relationship

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