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SEATCA Press Release

Philippine delegation earns second Dirty Ashtray award for supporting tobacco industry interests at global tobacco control treaty negotiations

9 November, Bangkok: At the end of Day 1 of the Ninth Conference of Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippine delegation merited the infamous Dirty Ashtray for multiple statements insisting on unhelpful language that has severely delayed adoption of the COP9 agenda and is obstructing the work ahead. …

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Myanmar is third Asian country requiring standardized packaging for tobacco products

(20 October, Bangkok) The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates Myanmar for mandating standardized packaging for tobacco products, becoming the third Asian country after Thailand and Singapore to adopt this life-saving measure. The Ministry of Health issued the Standardized Packaging Notification on 12 October 2021. The new Notification requires that all outer surfaces of …

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Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam could have collected USD 4.81 billion in tax revenue with more effective tobacco tax measures

23 July 2021 Press Statement The Southeast Asian nations of Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam could have prevented more than 1.3 million premature deaths from tobacco use and collected more than USD 4.81 billion in tax revenue if they had implemented effective tobacco tax measures. This finding is from the latest report, Lost Funds: A …

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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 Related Publications Tobacco/e-cigarette industry and front groups distort human rights and consumer rights Policy to reject tobacco related Covid-19 contributions These numbers don’t lie These numbers don’t lie. Here …

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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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