SEATCA Press Release

Indonesian gov’t urged to prioritize health through effective tobacco taxation

Jakarta, 23 February 2016: Reducing tobacco use through effective tobacco taxation is critical to reducing poverty and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Tobacco use obstructs development and worsens poverty, yet tobacco consumption is increasing in Indonesia and has reached alarming proportions. Two out of every three Indonesian men are smokers. According to national surveys, smoking prevalence …

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Applaud Thailand for hiking tobacco excise tax, a win for public health

Bangkok, 12 February 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) applauds Thailand on increasing excise tax on tobacco products, making domestic packs of 20 cigarettes 5-10 baht more expensive. Thailand’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) successfully obtained the Cabinet’s approval to increase excise tax on tobacco products on 10 February 2016. MOF expects the excise …

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Filipinos to see harms of smoking on cigarette packs after a 7-year delay

12 February 2016: Bangkok, 12 February 2016: The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates the Philippines for becoming the seventh ASEAN country to implement graphic health warnings on tobacco product packaging to effectively warn the public on the harms of tobacco use. As a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO …

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World heritage sites in Asia go smoke-free

  Malacca, Malaysia – 4 December 2015: Twelve Heritage Sites and cities joined hands to step up their initiatives to become smoke free to protect both public health and historical buildings. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and the Malaysian Health Promotion Board (MySihat) in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in …

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ITIC’s Excise Tax Manual Undermines Best Practice in Tobacco Taxation

Bangkok, 27 October 2015: ASEAN governments should be wary of the recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform: A Resource Manual released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC). The Manual is a tool for promoting vested interests rather than a tool designed to help governments. The Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) warned legislators and …

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Giant leap for tobacco control in TPP but countries must remain vigilant

Bangkok, 6 October 2015: For the first time in the history of multilateral trade and investment negotiations, tobacco has been singled out in a free trade agreement by excluding tobacco companies from using the investor state dispute settlement mechanisms (ISDS) of the 21st century trade agreement.  Negotiations among 12 countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded …

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Call to Malaysian Government – Stand Firm in Position for Total Carve-out of Tobacco Control Measures in TPP

Bangkok, 2 October 2015: Malaysia must stand firm in their position on a total carve-out of tobacco control measures in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The latest proposal from the US Trade Representative does not go far enough to cover all the threats the tobacco industry poses to governments when they enact tobacco control measures. …

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SEATCA urges ASEAN governments to speed-up implementation of tobacco tax policies

  Yangon, 18 September 2015: Countries in Southeast Asia remain lacking in effective tax policies on tobacco. This is the main finding of the report ‘Tobacco Tax Index: Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 6 in ASEAN Countries,” released today by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). “The ASEAN region …

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Tobacco Industry Meddles and Thwarts Tobacco Control in the ASEAN Region

Press Release Contact: Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, SEATCA FCTC Program Director, email: ulysses@seatca.org, mobile: +63(917)8862020 Tobacco Industry Meddles and Thwarts Tobacco Control in the ASEAN Region Manila, 18 August 2015: Tobacco industry interference and meddling in public health remains a big problem in ASEAN countries. This is the main finding of the recent report, Tobacco Industry …

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UN conference urges governments to tax tobacco to finance social development

Manila, 17 July 2015 Governments worldwide should consider using tobacco taxation as a tool to finance sustainable development and save lives, says the declaration of a major conference being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. Price and tax measures on tobacco can be an effective and important means to reduce tobacco consumption and health …

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