Status of TAPS ban in the ASEAN
A comprehensive ban on TAPS is necessary to reduce tobacco use. To be comprehensive, there must be bans in these 7 areas. The table1 below shows there is room for improvement in the ASEAN region. How is your country doing?
The tobacco industry will fight the ban, claiming it has a right to communicate with adult smokers, especially at points-of-sale and through CSR activities. However under the WHO FCTC, Parties are obligated to implement a comprehensive ban on all forms of TAPS.
Tobacco industry arguments against TAPS ban
The law should include the scope of the ban and definitions
- Retail Sale and display
- Packaging and produce features
- Internet sales
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Depictions of tobacco in entertainment media
- Cross-border tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship