Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance News

SEATCA: Philip Morris fined B130m for tax-dodging

Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited (PMTL) says it will appeal a Criminal Court ruling that it wrongly declared the price of cigarettes imported from Indonesia between 2002 and 2003.

SEATCA: Orchard Road smoking ban: Over 4,000 tickets issued last year

Head of business group for area says no reports of business being affected since curbs enforced

SEATCA: One in six vaping lung illnesses linked to legally purchased THC, according to federal data

One-sixth of patients who developed lung injuries after vaping marijuana obtained the product from legal dispensaries, a new federal report says, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said reinforced its current recommendations to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

SEATCA: Philippines: Senate ratifies new sin tax measure on e-cigarettes, liquor

The Senate ratified on Wednesday a bill that will tax electronic cigarettes and impose higher duties on alcohol to raise P22.2 billion on its first year of implementation.

Philippines: First vaping-associated lung injury case reported in PH

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday confirmed the first case of electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the country.

Vietnam: MoH proposed cigarette tax hike, internet ads control, e-cigarette ban

Plans have been proposed to increase tax on tobacco, ban electronic vapes and tighten online advertising of cigarettes.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Philippines: Baguio to tourists: City is smoke-free zone

The city government is again reminding the public, including the tourists, that this city strictly implements the anti-smoking ordinance, an official said on Thursday.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Philippines: LTFRB reiterates ban on smoking in PUVs

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), heeding the directive of the Department of Health (DOH), has reiterated its ban on smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes in public utility vehicles (PUVs) amid reports of exploding vaping devices.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Thailand: PM to keep e-cigs illegal

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to retain Thailand’s ban on e-cigarettes, insisting the new government will not yield to lobbying from an interest group that has been working hard to lift the prohibition.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Malaysia: Teens the target for vape products

Vape products in all shapes and sizes have been flooding the market, including those targeting schoolchildren.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Philippines: DOF to propose higher taxes on e-cigs, vapes; juice flavors to be limited to two

The Department of Finance is proposing to raise taxes on electronic cigarettes and vapes to impose restriction for smokers on Thursday.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Foundation funded by Philip Morris ‘hijacks’ SEATCA’s Smoke-Free Index

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has accused the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) funded by Philip Morris International (PMI) of hijacking the former Smoke-Free Index.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Secondhand Smoke Is Much More Than Just a Smelly Nuisance

Many of us still mourn the death of the much-loved disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, affectionately known as Pak Topo, who, despite stage-four lung cancer, continued to provide regular updates on the country’s inordinate number of natural disasters.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Cambodia: Gov’t to act against sale of unstamped cigarette packets

From this month, joint working groups formed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance will act against those involved in the distribution and sale of cigarette packets devoid of tax stamps.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Philippines: DOH bans use of e-cigarettes, vapes in public

The Department of Health has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public, with local government units to be tasked to apprehend violators.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Singapore: Cigarette packs to be sold in standardised plain packaging in Singapore from July 1, 2020

Tobacco products sold in Singapore must have standardised packaging and enlarged graphic health warnings from July 1 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement Monday (July 1).

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Myanmar: Threefold increase in tobacco consumption among youths under 15

From 2001 to 2016, cigarette and tobacco consumption among the youths under 15 has increased around threefold, said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, at a workshop on the control against tobacco and tobacco-related products , held in Nay Pyi Taw on June 25.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Indonesia: National Narcotics Agency Calls for Ban on Electronic Cigarettes

Indonesia’s antidrug agency has come out against vaping, noting that the popular replacement for arguably more harmful conventional cigarettes was prone to misuse.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TOBACCO CONTROL ALLIANCE: Philippines: Time to quit?

Cigarette packs contain warnings about the health hazards of smoking. And with so few public places where people are allowed to smoke, one has to wonder—why do people still smoke?

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