SEATCA Press Release

Experts call for tobacco tax increase to save Cambodian lives and expand health care benefits

Phnom Penh, 23 April 2019: Experts from the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), World Health Organization (WHO), and Cambodia Movement for Health (CMH) today called on the Cambodian government to further increase tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco use, save lives, and raise much needed revenues to expand health care benefits for all. More than …

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Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor declared as Shrine of Smoke-free Philippines

9 April 2019: Launch of the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) Smoke-free Marker. Present during the launch were Philippine Vice-President VP Leni Robredo, Department of the Interior and Local Government DILG Philippines Secretary Eduardo Año, Second District of Bataan Representative Joet Garcia, First District of Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, SEATCA Smoke-free Program Manager Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, Municipality of Pilar Mayor Alice …

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100% tobacco-free Tokyo 2020 laudable, SEA Games must do the same

Bangkok, 12 March 2019: The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee’s decision to ban smoking in all game venues including its perimeters in Tokyo next year sends a strong message to the rest of the world that Japan is serious about ending its reputation as a smoker’s paradise.  With the guidance of the …

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Tobacco industry targets women in Asia

Bangkok, 7 March 2019: As the world commemorates International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) puts the spotlight on how the tobacco industry continues to extensively target women and girls especially in the ASEAN region. “Internal tobacco industry documents reveal that the tobacco industry is notorious in targeting women …

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Singapore Parliament prioritizes public health by adopting plain packaging

Bangkok, 14 February 2019: According to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the Singapore Parliament’s approval of amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which will require all tobacco products to be sold in standardized packaging with enlarged graphic health warnings, will reduce the appeal of smoking and help save lives. …

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Smoking banned inside Thailand’s airports

Bangkok, 13 February 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) strongly supports Thailand’s move to ban smoking inside the passenger buildings of all its airports to protect employees and non-smoking travelers from exposure to secondhand smoke. On 3 February 2019, the Airports of Thailand PCL (AoT) management removed all smoking rooms inside the airports …

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New WB report attests high tobacco taxes have only a small role in illicit trade

Bangkok, 4 February 2019: A major new World Bank (WB) report entitled Confronting Tobacco Illicit Trade: A Global Review of Country Experiences underscores that tobacco taxes play only a minor role in illicit trade and that addressing illicit trade and raising tobacco taxes are mutually reinforcing actions. “The threat of illicit trade is a false …

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WHO affirms commitment to public health, rejects partnership with PMI foundation

Bangkok, 2 February 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) reassurance that it will not engage with the Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW). Responding to statements by several member and non-member States, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reaffirmed WHO’s commitment to …

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Sketchy tobacco industry wants heated tobacco products covered by e-cigarette bills

Manila, 23 January 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) exposes how the tobacco industry is trying to sneak Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs) into bills being deliberated in the Senate and House of Representatives to regulate Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes. “This deception is a typical move by the tobacco industry to …

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President Duterte listens to public clamor for high tobacco tax increase

Bangkok, 9 January 2019: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance welcomes the certification of Senate Bill (SB) 1599 as an urgent measure by Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Sponsored by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, SB 1599 proposes to increase the cigarette tax to Php 60 per pack from the current rate of Php 35 per pack …

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