SEATCA Press Release

Investing in tobacco control accelerates race to end poverty and ensures healthy lives

Bangkok, Thailand – 30 August 2016: It is possible to end poverty within the next 14 years. Today, government officials from nine countries in the ASEAN region, development partners including the ASEAN Secretariat, World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and civil society join hands to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals […]

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Hats off to Uruguay, countries in ASEAN must not be daunted by Big Tobacco

Hats off to Uruguay, countries in ASEAN must not be daunted by Big Tobacco   Bangkok, Thailand – 12 July 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates Uruguay in its historic win against legal challenges brought about by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). In February 2010, PMI filed a case against Uruguay

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DepEd Philippines applauded in ​p​rotecting school children from tobacco

1 July 2016, Manila – The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) today welcomed the Philippine Department of Education’s (DepEd) directive, released 28 June, protecting school children from the harms of tobacco use and the snares of the tobacco industry. Department Order 48 s2016: Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Controlprescribes rules on how parents,

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SEATCA joint press statement with HealthJustice Philippines and New Vois Association of the Philippines on stopping ITIC’s Tax Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia!

May 21, 2016 Health groups warn: Upcoming Jakarta tax forum backed by the tobacco industry Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), HealthJustice Philippines (HJ) and New Vois Association Philippines (NVAP) alerted the public today of the ties that bind the tobacco industry and the International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC), which is behind the 13th Annual Asia-Pacific Tax Forum on

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Large, hard-hitting, graphic warnings to appear on tobacco packs in Myanmar

Bangkok, 4 March 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance lauds Myanmar’s Ministry of Health’s (MOH) new regulation to implement 75% pictorial or graphic health warnings (GHW) on tobacco packaging that visually depict the health harms of tobacco use. “Implementing graphic health warnings in Myanmar is another excellent step to protect public health as more

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Indonesian gov’t urged to prioritize health through effective tobacco taxation

Jakarta, 23 February 2016: Reducing tobacco use through effective tobacco taxation is critical to reducing poverty and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Tobacco use obstructs development and worsens poverty, yet tobacco consumption is increasing in Indonesia and has reached alarming proportions. Two out of every three Indonesian men are smokers. According to national surveys, smoking prevalence

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Applaud Thailand for hiking tobacco excise tax, a win for public health

Bangkok, 12 February 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) applauds Thailand on increasing excise tax on tobacco products, making domestic packs of 20 cigarettes 5-10 baht more expensive. Thailand’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) successfully obtained the Cabinet’s approval to increase excise tax on tobacco products on 10 February 2016. MOF expects the excise

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Filipinos to see harms of smoking on cigarette packs after a 7-year delay

12 February 2016: Bangkok, 12 February 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates the Philippines for becoming the seventh ASEAN country to implement graphic health warnings on tobacco product packaging to effectively warn the public on the harms of tobacco use. As a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO

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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

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