SEATCA Press Release

New global report: Tobacco control strengthens economies and saves lives

Bangkok, 11 January 2017: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) welcomes the new report “The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control” by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which finds that tobacco control measures are highly cost-effective and boost national economies. Tobacco use remains one of the world’s leading causes of preventable premature death. In the ASEAN region where …

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Regional health group rejects move to undermine Philippines’ sin tax reform

8 December 2016, Manila – “Disregarding the major public health gains of the tobacco tax reforms enacted in 2012, some Philippine legislators decided to promote tobacco industry interests rather than protect public health.” This was the conclusion of the internationally recognized Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), when HB 4144 was approved on second reading …

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SEATCA’s new and expanded The Tobacco Control Atlas launched at COP7

Bangkok, Thailand, 10 November 2016: Of the countries in the ASEAN, male adult smoking prevalence is highest in Indonesia (66%) and lowest in Singapore (23.1%) according to the third edition of the ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) during the fourth day of the seventh session of the …

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First-ever tobacco control scorecard for ASEAN countries launched

Bangkok, Thailand, 7 November 2016: Singapore leads the way in a 10-country race in the ASEAN to protect public health from the harms of tobacco use according to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Scorecard being launched today by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) at the start of the seventh session of …

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Mayors, governors urge ASEAN cities to become 100% smoke-free

Krabi, Thailand, 14 October 2016: More than 200 tobacco control leaders and champions from all over the ASEAN gather in Krabi, Thailand from 13-14 October to strengthen and sustain their smoke-free campaigns to effectively protect people from the harms of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS).  “Recent studies has unequivocally established that exposure from tobacco smoke causes …

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Member States call for stronger tobacco control measures to end tobacco industry interference

MANILA, 16 September 2016 – Tobacco use kills approximately six million people every year worldwide. The Western Pacific Region has one third of the world’s smokers and two people die every minute from tobacco-related diseases. It is estimated that in 2025, one fourth of the adult population would still be current smokers. As governments strive …

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Myanmar gov’t stands firm on its 1 Sept pictorial health warning deadline

Bangkok, 7 September 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) lauds Myanmar’s government, especially the Ministry of Health and Sport (MOHS), for standing firm on the 1 September 2016 deadline to implement strong pictorial health warnings (PHW) on tobacco packaging. According to the MOHS regulations, the tobacco industry had six months to implement 75% …

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Investing in tobacco control accelerates race to end poverty and ensures healthy lives

Bangkok, Thailand – 30 August 2016: It is possible to end poverty within the next 14 years. Today, government officials from nine countries in the ASEAN region, development partners including the ASEAN Secretariat, World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and civil society join hands to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals …

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Hats off to Uruguay, countries in ASEAN must not be daunted by Big Tobacco

Hats off to Uruguay, countries in ASEAN must not be daunted by Big Tobacco   Bangkok, Thailand – 12 July 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates Uruguay in its historic win against legal challenges brought about by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). In February 2010, PMI filed a case against Uruguay …

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DepEd Philippines applauded in ​p​rotecting school children from tobacco

1 July 2016, Manila – The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) today welcomed the Philippine Department of Education’s (DepEd) directive, released 28 June, protecting school children from the harms of tobacco use and the snares of the tobacco industry. Department Order 48 s2016: Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Controlprescribes rules on how parents, …

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