Southeast Asia Ramps up Anti-smoking Efforts

When anti-smoking campaigns in the US and Europe dampened cigarette profits, manufacturers set their sights on Asia.
Southeast Asian smokers are set to rise by a million between 2000 and 2025 (to 240 million), according to the WHO—while smokers in the Americas and Europe are set to drop by 59 and 65 million, respectively. But Southeast Asian governments are fighting back with a slew of measures.
Thailand became the first country in the region to force manufacturers to use plain packaging last November. The Philippines is hiking taxes and joining Singapore and Malaysia in expanding smokefree zones.
Nikkei Asian Review

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