SEATCA Research

Philippines: Health For All, Invest in Health Promotion Statement

The Health For All, Invest in Health Promotion Statement below initiated by HealthJustice, Inc., is supported by six former Philippine Department of Health Secretaries including 18 different civil society organizations and academic organizations. The sin tax issue is being deliberated in the Philippines, and developing quickly in the Senate.  We hope everyone can help disseminate …

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SEATCA brief on Trade and Tobacco

  This brief provides essential facts on the issue, including relevant FCTC provisions, the negative impact of including tobacco in free trade agreements (AFTA), other regional trade agreements, and why tobacco should be excluded from free trade agreements. Click here to download a copy of the SEATCA brief on FREE TRADE and TOBACCO  

Cancer survivors to lawmakers: Failure to approve sin tax reform may cause cancer epidemic

MANILA – A group of cancer survivors have warned that the Philippines is in danger of facing a possible cancer epidemic unless the government reforms the sin tax imposed on cigarette products and makes smoking less accessible especially to the poor and young people. In a news release, New Vois Association of the Philippines Inc., …

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Anti-smoking lobby insists plain packs could cut Asia’s smoking rate

   Australia’s High Court this week supported the government’s plain packaging laws for tobacco products. Similar laws are now being considered by a number of Asian countries, including China, India and Indonesia. But do they have a chance, considering the influence of state-owned tobacco companies and that Asia is one of the few remaining growth …

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Philippines: Study visit on sustainable funding mechanism for Health promotion

Bangkok—19 July 2012: the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax(SITT)/SEATCA in cooperation with HealthJustice, Philippines and the Thaihealth Promotion Foundation organized a two-day study visit for the Philippines, specifically, for the executive and legislative branches of government.  The meetings were held to learn from Thailand’s pioneering experience on Health promotion, its’ mechanisms, lessons and best …

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Health Ministers Discuss Opportunities and Challenges of ASEAN Community 2015

Phuket, 6 July 2012 The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand was in full speed this week as Health Ministers from ten ASEAN Member States gather in Phuket, Thailand, for the 11th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM)–a biennial meeting. Themed “ASEAN Community 2015: Opportunities and Challenges to Health,” the Ministers brain stormed strategies to address …

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Study visit to Davao City-Philippines to promote smoke-free cities in the ASEAN

Last June 18-21, 2012, 8 participants from four ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Viet Nam) went to Davao City, Philippines to participate in a study visit on smoke-free environments.  The activity aimed to provide the visitors with the unique and first-hand experience on the strict enforcement of a smoke-free policy.  It also aimed to …

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