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Tobacco companies violate law and exploit Lao PDR

Bangkok, 5 February 2018: Imperial-controlled Lao Tobacco Company Ltd. and Lao-China Hongta Good Luck Tobacco Company Ltd. are violating Lao law to hide the truth about tobacco harms. Based on monitoring by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) in Vientiane Capital City in January, both tobacco companies have been violating Lao PDR’s Pictorial Health …

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SEATCA Press Release on Singapore’s ban on emerging tobacco products like e-cigarettes

The following is the statement of Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, Smoke-free Program Manager of SEATCA and the Secretary-General of Smoke-free Cities Asia-Pacific Network (SCAN): “The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes Singapore’s move to declare emerging and imitation tobacco products illegal starting 1 February 2018. This is very timely because emerging and imitation tobacco products …

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SEATCA’s Statement on Singapore’s Tobacco Tax Increase The following is the statement of Ms. Sophapan Ratanachena, Tobacco Tax Program Manager of SEATCA (Read)   SEATCA’s Statement on Singapore’s ban on emerging tobacco products like e-cigarettes The following is the statement of Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, Smoke-free Program Manager of SEATCA and the Secretary-General of Smoke-free Cities …

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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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