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Asia Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2023

Nearly all Asian countries are Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). A linchpin within this treaty is Article 5.3. which underscores the importance of vigilance in safeguarding public health from the strategies of the tobacco industry. Strategies designed to undermine evidence-based tobacco control policies and measures, to the detriment of the public’s well-being, and in favor of the industry’s financial interests. The full potential of Article 5.3, unfortunately, remains largely untapped by many governments. Often in the shape of non-health policymaking that affects tobacco control being vulnerable to the influence exerted by the tobacco industry.
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Asia Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2021

This 3rd Asian Tobacco Industry Interference Index report gauges the level of implementation of Article 5.3 and its guidelines in 19 countries. Mongolia joins the roster of countries in addition to Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) is a multi-sectoral non-governmental alliance promoting health and saving lives by assisting ASEAN countries to accelerate and effectively implement the tobacco control measures contained in the WHO FCTC. Acknowledged by governments, academic institutions, and civil society for its advancement of tobacco control in Southeast Asia, the WHO bestowed on SEATCA the World No Tobacco Day Award in 2004 and the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award in 2014.

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