Huang Cheng-tai, chairman of the anti-smoking non-governmental John Tung Foundation, lauded the Indian government's determination to establish a no-smoking environment, and call on the Taiwanese government to adopt similar measures. Source: Taiwan News ...
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"The Conference Blog - Taipei" - 5 new articles

  1. India's anti-smoking initiatives was one the widely discussed topics at the conference yesterday.
  2. Asia-Pacific Has Fastest Rise In Children, Women Smoking
  3. Welcome to Taipei
  4. Why this blog?
  5. How to "conference blog"?
  6. More Recent Articles

India's anti-smoking initiatives was one the widely discussed topics at the conference yesterday.

Huang Cheng-tai, chairman of the anti-smoking non-governmental John Tung Foundation, lauded the Indian government's determination to establish a no-smoking environment, and call on the Taiwanese government to adopt similar measures.

Source: Taiwan News

India seen leading anti-smoking efforts

10/19/2007  (Taiwan News)       

Local anti-smoking activists urged the Taiwanese government on Thursday to follow India's lead in discouraging smoking, noting that India prohibits the inclusion of any smoking scenes in locally produced movies and television shows.

Huang Cheng-tai, chairman of the anti-smoking non-governmental John Tung Foundation, lauded the Indian government's determination to establish a no-smoking environment, and call on the Taiwanese government to adopt similar measures.

"India has the world's largest film-making industry - Bollywood - and the Indian government was very determined and effective in enforcing a ban on images of people smoking in films. That is a good example for Taiwan to follow," said Huang.

The eighth conference of the Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco is currently being held in Taipei with more than 500 participants from 40 countries. India's anti-smoking initiatives was one the widely discussed topics at the conference yesterday.

Huang noted that in the past a high percentage of Indian films contained images of people smoking, and that many reports indicated that the implicit messages behind those scenes, which linked smoking to heroism and vogue, lured many teenagers to become smokers.

In 2003, the World Health Organization issued a warning to India on the dangers of the frequency of smoking scenes, which it said could significantly encourage the masses to smoke, according to Huang.

In August 2005, India became the first country in the world to ban smoking scenes in film and television. Film and television programs produced after August 2005 are not permitted to show scenes of smoking, and a mosaic effect is required if there are any images of someone lighting a cigarette. Furthermore, any films or television programs produced prior to August 2005 that include smoking scenes must carry a warning about the dangers of smoking.

"Ten years ago Taiwan was one of the leading countries in terms of controling smoking, but in the last ten years the government has not implemented any new policies to further curb the habit among the country's population," said Huang.

"Thailand now prohibits tobacco companies from labeling their products as "Mild" or "Light," but the Taiwanese government has not considered such as idea," Huang added.

Huang explained that the label "mild" or "light" is an empty claim that offers reassurance to consumers so that they will not think of the dangers of smoking.

Lin Chin-li, an employee at the John Tung Foundation, noted that in India 15 million people go to the movies every year, and prior to 2005, 80 percent of the films contained scenes of smoking.

"Though smoking scenes were so popular in Indian films, the Indian government remained resolute on banning such scenes," said Lin. "Taiwan should do the same."


http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=542558〈=eng_news&cate_img=49.jpg&cate_rss=news_Society_TAIWAN

    

Asia-Pacific Has Fastest Rise In Children, Women Smoking

The Asia-Pacific region has the world's fastest growth rate of smoking among children and women, a high-ranking World Health Organization (WHO) official highlighted today, urging the region to implement better smoke-free policies.

Source: Asia Pulse

Asia-Pacific Has Fastest Rise In Children, Women Smoking: WHO - Asia Pulse
September 13, 2007


SEOUL, Sept 13 Asia Pulse - The Asia-Pacfic region has the world's fastest growth rate of smoking among children and women, a high-ranking World Health Organization (WHO) official highlighted Thursday, urging the region to implement better smoke-free policies.

"The (Asia-Pacific) region has one third of the world's smokers, the highest percentage of male smokers and the fastest increase of smoking among children and young women," said Shigeru Omi, WHO's director for the Western Pacific, at the 58th WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee meeting held on Jeju Island, South Korea's southernmost island.

Omi, without providing detailed statistics, called for an all-out war against tobacco use in the region, stressing that nearly all WHO Asia-Pacific members are parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

In July 2007, parties to the convention, the world's first international public health treaty, adopted strong guidelines on second-hand smoke and established an organization to start work on a protocol to stop illegal tobacco trade.

"Tobacco use, the world's leading cause of preventable death, is an epidemic that will kill 1 billion people this century unless governments in rich and poor countries alike get serious about preventing it," Omi underscored.

The regional director noted that a few regional members have met the FCTC requirements, and that several more are making good progress in implementing the convention's provisions.

"In this region, we will continue to aggressively promote evidence-based strategies such as tax and price measures, the expansion of smoke-free policies and comprehensive bans on advertising and promotion," the WHO officials said.

The 58th WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific kicked off earlier in the day, bringing together more than 400 health officials from the agency's 31 regional member states to South Korea.


Source: Asia Pulse
    

Welcome to Taipei

Where this 8th Asia Pacific Conference is taking place.
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The program at a glance (pdf) or day by day:
Day 1 (Oct 17) Preconference Workshops
Day 2 (Oct 18)
Day 3 (Oct 19)
Day 4 (Oct 20)

    

Why this blog?

After the positive  experience of a collective blog during the COP2 conference in Bangkok we decided to conference blog again during this 8th Asia Pacific Conference  onTobacco or Health.

We thought it would be good  to have participants share their comments on line about what is happening so that the wider, global community can feel/be involved.

Until now the tobacco control community has not been using very much the web2.0 tools, including blogs.

We hope this conference can be an opportunity to introduce more tobacco control advocates to blogging.

You are welcome to  give it a try by joining the team of our contributors  (it's as simple as email).

    

How to "conference blog"?

You are most welcome to contribute posts to this blog.

To become a co-author, please email me so I can register you and email you the information so you can access the blog. It is as simple as emailing and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any problem.

Tell me also a little about you so I can post a brief bio: readers like to know who's who.

We also need a picture :) to post in our listing of the contributors to the blog.

Thank you in advance.

Philippe

    

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