SEATCA Press Release

ASEAN report underlines tobacco industry interference in public health policy in the region

Bangkok, 17 October 2019: Pervasive tobacco industry actions interfering in government policies that protect public health remain a major obstacle to full implementation of effective tobacco control measures in the ASEAN region.  Countries are moving at a glacial pace in preventing and countering tobacco industry interference as required under Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework …

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Cigarette smoking kills; vaping e-cigarettes kills, too

This briefing paper provides evidence-based guidance for policy development regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS, such as e-cigarettes that heat a nicotine-containing e-liquid or e-juice without tobacco) and heated tobacco products (HTPs, which contain tobacco). It is particularly relevant in the light of at least 215 severe respiratory illnesses and two vaping-related deaths recently reported …

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All cigarettes in Thailand will be sold in dull packaging starting 10 Sept 2019

Bangkok, 29 August 2019: Noting that tobacco companies have started complying with Thailand’s Standardized Packaging Regulation two weeks ahead of the required deadline, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) commends Thailand being the first country in the ASEAN Region and Asia at large to usher in standardized tobacco packaging. Starting 10 September 2019 with …

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New tobacco tax increases will protect and promote health of all Filipinos

Manila/Bangkok, 26 July 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) warmly welcomes Republic Act (RA) 11346 or the Tobacco Tax Law 2019, which will protect Filipinos from tobacco health harms and help fund implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act signed into law earlier this year. RA 11346 was signed into law by …

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International public health community supports SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Index and urges rejection of PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW)

Philip Morris International (PMI) and the PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) have hijacked public health’s smoke-free terminology to detract from the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). PMI claims it wants a smoke-free future, but it’s one built on smokers shifting to heated tobacco products (HTP) and …

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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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Standardized packaging to deglamorize tobacco packs in Singapore by July 2020

Bangkok, 5 July 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) warmly welcomes the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announcement of the implementation date for standardized tobacco packaging in Singapore, making it the second Asian country to implement this important tobacco control measure. Following parliamentary approval in February 2019, this gazettement of Tobacco (Control of …

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SEATCA lauds Indonesian government’s ban on cigarette ads on Internet

Bangkok, 17 June 2019: Actions by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics (KemKomInfo) to block online cigarette advertisements at the request of the Ministry of Health to protect Indonesian youths from being exposed to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) were applauded by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), which urged other ASEAN …

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Public Health Advocates’ Joint Message to our Lawmakers on the Harmful Effects of E-Cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products

31 May 2019 The recent deliberations in the Senate on the proposal to include a tax on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) without any public consultation appears to be an insidious ploy by the tobacco industry to legitimize these products’ presence in the market. This should not be sanctioned without the necessary, open, proper, …

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