Latest Publications

Still Defective: Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2017 Report
This critique, authored by Dr. Hana Ross, Principal Research Officer of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project at the University of Cape Town, uncovers the poor quality of data used by Oxford Economics (OE), identifies multiple deficiencies in OE’s study methodology, and exposes the deceptive presentation of the study results to provide distorted illicit tobacco data in Asia and attempt to promote tobacco as essential products. PDF 5.3mb

Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Customers:Baiting Youths With New Tobacco Products  to Create a New Generation of Addicts
This report shows parallel strategies used by the tobacco industry to grow its cigarette business that are now being used to market and sell ENDS (such as e-cigarettes) and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in ASEAN, where youth exposures to and prevalence use of these products are already increasing. The report concludes with policy recommendations to ban these products when possible, or to enforce restrictions such as prohibiting use of flavors, applying comprehensive TAPS ban, and taxing ENDS and HTPs at a rate that reduces affordability.
PDF 6.7mb

Packaging Design Analysis to Support Standardised Packaging in the ASEAN PDF 5.4mb

This report analyses cigarette packaging design strategies and promotional elements used by industry to subvert and dilute the effectiveness of existing regulations on pictorial health warnings and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship that are implemented in ASEAN countries.

SEATCA Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index: Implementation of Article 11 of the WHO Framework convention on Tobacco Control in ASEAN Countries 2019 PDF 3.5mb

This Index provides a detailed review of country’s progress in implementing packaging and labelling requirements according to the recommendations of the FCTC Article 11 Guidelines across the 10 ASEAN countries. It identifies gaps and areas for improvement in the existing policies in each country that help governments to further strengthen the implementation of health warning legislations and move toward plain packaging.
2016: PDF 7.6m