SEATCA Press Release

Tiny tobacco tax increase in Philippines bicam bill sabotages health gains

Bangkok, 15 December 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) is appalled that a meager tobacco tax increase of Php 2.50 per pack annually until 2022 was inserted by the Philippine Congress Bicameral Committee as it consolidated the Senate and House Bills for the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).   “The …

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ASEAN is moving at a snail’s pace in preventing tobacco industry interference

Manila, 27 November 2017: Tobacco industry interference remains to be an impediment in fully implementing effective tobacco control measures under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the ASEAN Region.   This is the main finding of the report Tobacco Industry Interference Index: ASEAN Report on Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco …

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Tobacco industry corrective statements in US admit fraud and deception but fail to extend to the rest of the world

Bangkok, 24 November 2017: Corrective statements from Philip Morris USA and other tobacco companies will start to appear in the US media starting 26 November 2017. Tobacco companies aren’t making these statements voluntarily. They are compelled to tell the truth about their deadly products by a federal court that found them guilty in 2006 of violating racketeering …

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ILO defers decision to cut ties with Big Tobacco next year

Bangkok, 10 November 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) is disappointed that the International Labour Organization (ILO) has postponed its decision on whether to cut its ties with the tobacco industry. The ILO Governing Body’s deliberations have remained at a deadlock this past week (1 to 9 November). This is a second postponement …

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SEATCA Statement on PMI’s Foundation for a Smoke-free World

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) joins the international public health community in denouncing[1] the Philip Morris International (PMI)-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World that is positioned to sabotage global tobacco control. Governments, universities, and health advocates must reject any partnerships with this foundation. PMI’s contribution to the foundation of around US$ 80 million …

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Thailand bans smoking in the beaches of Phuket and Pattaya

Bangkok, 12 October 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) strongly supports Thailand’s decision to ban smoking in its popular beaches starting November to decrease environmental litter and pollution.   “We are very pleased with this news and we urge the government to be strong in the enforcement, monitor the compliance and impose penalty strictly,” said …

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UN Global Compact bans Big Tobacco, follows example of UN agencies

Bangkok, 13 September 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) applauds the decision of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to permanently ban the tobacco industry from UNGC participation, along with businesses associated with producing landmines or nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; businesses subject to a UN sanction; and businesses blacklisted by the UN Procurement Office for …

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Tobacco threatens development – ASEAN countries must step-up tobacco control to save and improve lives

Bangkok, 29 May 2017: The World Health Organization has declared tobacco a threat to development to commemorate this year’s World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco worsens poverty, damages health, and causes devastating social, economic, and environmental harms to the ASEAN community and the rest of the world. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) urges countries in the …

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