SEATCA’s programs have contributed to the advancement of the tobacco control movement in Southeast Asia, through its country partners: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
With these country partners, SEATCA works towards supporting progressive policy development, strengthening national tobacco control working groups, generating more local evidence for advancing tobacco control policy, and increasing the number and capacity of tobacco control workers. SEATCA’s network combines representation from the region’s NGOs, researchers and governments. By working with multi-sectorial, local partners the alliance identifies and creates opportunities for effective campaigns and interventions.With the network formed and national partners mobilized, attention is greatly focused on the following:
- the development and passage of tobacco control laws to ban tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship; electronic smoking devices (ESD)
- supporting tax reform and innovative sustainable financing mechanisms for health promotion and tobacco control
- expansion of 100% smoke-free areas
- formulation of effective pictorial health warnings and standardized tobacco packaging
Promotion and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is also a priority. SEATCA uses regional workshops to mobilize local partner NGOs to create a region-wide focus on WHO-FCTC issues, and generate international awareness. With SEATCA’s experience and regional capacity, a ripple is created, and continues on to build significant momentum to the regional tobacco control movement-and vice versa.
Our latest publications
SEATCA FCTC Scorecard 2023 (PDF 1.1mb)
SEATCA has developed a WHO FCTC Scorecard to gauge FCTC implementation of specific FCTC articles. It is based on the FCTC guidelines and is now in its fourth iteration. It monitors implementation in the 10 ASEAN countries but can be adapted by other Parties.
Success and challenge of banning new tobacco products – HK’s experience (PDF 2.4mb)
In 2021, Hong Kong successfully reduced its smoking prevalence to 9.5% from 23.3% in 1982. The Government has committed to the target of reducing smoking prevalence further to 7.8% by 2025 as part of a strategic action plan to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases in Hong Kong. The target will require ambitious measures to reduce cigarette use, but also to prevent any new tobacco products from entering the local market. Banning new tobacco products is an essential step in Hong Kong’s tobacco control efforts.