SEATCA Press Release

Mr Prime Minister, please do not hand the Malaysian youth over to a harmful industry

The Prime Minister recently stated plans to impose an excise duty on vape products in Malaysia. Instead of keeping them illegal, taxing e-cigarettes would automatically legalize them for sale as consumer products. Unfortunately, countries that have allowed e-cigarettes are facing a hard time with increasing incidence of children vaping, despite strict enforcement measures.  In the […]

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Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance: Making Tobacco Polluters Pay Campaign Launches in The New York Times

13 March 2023 Bangkok, 13 March – Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA), a coalition of organizations behind the global movement to align plastics policies with tobacco control, launched a campaign to urge countries to ban cigarette filters and make tobacco polluters pay for the environmental damage they have caused over many decades. To kick off

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Tobacco Taxes and Graphic Health Warnings Work: PH Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2021 shows

On 6 December 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Health reported a further decline in smoking prevalence to 18.5% in 2021 from 22.7% in 2015, as part of the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey results. Based on the most recent available data, smoking prevalence in the Philippines now ranks lower than most

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Governments urged to ban manipulative tobacco industry’s CSR activities

Bangkok, 22 December – The tobacco industry conducts its so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by donating to groups and foundations in different countries. However, this fake “charity” is just a way to divert attention from the diseases and harms caused by its products, buy goodwill and publicity, influence regulatory policy development, and weaken or

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The Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA)

SEATCA is a member of the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA), a global coalition of public health organizations that recognize the significant intersection of tobacco control and environmental health. STPA will actively participate in the UN plastics treaty negotiations from November 2022 through 2024 and remain active to ensure strong implementation of treaty measures that

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Governments should reject voluntary codes from the tobacco industry

Bangkok, 21 November – In anticipation of the 2023 release of a tobacco industry marketing code to establish a global marketing standard for electronic smoking devices (ESDs), the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) today warned governments not to be deceived.  In its latest report, “Tobacco Industry Duplicity: Recycling an Old Marketing Code,” SEATCA maintains

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Countries urged: Follow Singapore’s successful enforcement of ban on electronic smoking devices

Bangkok, 9 November 2022 – Singapore successfully reduced its adult smoking rate to 10.1% in 2020 through multi-pronged tobacco control measures, including a ban on electronic smoking devices (ESD), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Despite the increasing prevalence of ESD use in some ASEAN countries, Singapore was quick to arrest the rise of

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Asia Pacific cities gear up for more effective smoke-free implementation

Bangkok 4 November, 2023 – A new Global Alliance for Smoke-Free Tourism was launched at the recent 8th Asia Pacific Smoke-Free Meeting with the theme, “Rising amidst the challenges: Strengthening and sustaining smoke-free implementation and enforcement.” Attended by more than 150 delegates, the meeting was a joint effort between the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA),

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International Support for Malaysia’s Generational End Game for Tobacco

30 September 2022 At this critical juncture in history, when Malaysian Parliament is deciding on the fate of future generations of Malaysians, we write to lend full and unwavering support from the international tobacco control community to Malaysia’s Ministry of Health in its visionary effort to strengthen tobacco control through its generational end game (GEG)

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Public health in the Philippines in jeopardy as Vape Bill lapses into law

27 July 2022 On July 26, the Philippine News Agency reported that the reconciled Senate Bill No. 2239 and House Bill 9006, popularly known as the “Vape Bill,” had lapsed into legislation. This bill had been repeatedly criticized by leading professional medical societies, former Secretaries of Health, national government agencies, and civil society organizations, which

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