SEATCA Press Release

Warning: Smoking and vaping can worsen COVID-19

Philippines/Bangkok, 26 March 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportune time for smokers and vapers to quit their addiction, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “The World Health Organization (WHO) clearly states that smoking and vaping are undoubtedly harmful. Given the available evidence about COVID-19, people who smoke or vape should quit now …

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SEATCA & University of Bath’s Open Letter to the PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW)

24 January 2020 Derek Yach President Foundation for a Smoke-free World Open Letter Dear Dr. Yach, SEATCA and University of Bath are not to be associated with your Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW). Since its launch in 2017, FSFW’s attempts to engage with the public health community have failed and …

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Tax increases on e-cigs and heated tobacco products to prevent youth uptake

Philippines/Bangkok, 24 January 2020: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes new taxes on electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) signed into law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on 22 January 2020 to protect the health of all Filipinos especially the youth and the poor. “E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are harmful, promote …

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Asia Pacific meeting advances smoke-free tourism and heritage protection

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 28 November 2019: Around 200 smoke-free leaders and representatives from cities all over Asia Pacific are gathered in the home of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to discuss steps to promote and strengthen smoke-free tourism in different cities and heritage sites.  Organized by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) …

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New study exposes duplicity of tobacco companies’ unbelievable smoke-free claim

Bangkok/Manila, 23 October 2019: Big Tobacco apparently has no intention to reduce sales of cigarettes while aggressively promoting supposedly smoke-free alternative products. According to a new report Big Tobacco’s smoke-free deception: Tobacco trademarks in ASEAN countries uncover the truth, tobacco companies registered more intellectual property (IP) for cigarette brands than for brands of Electronic Nicotine …

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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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