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Vinataba

Vietnam’s tobacco industry currently consists of 30 companies consolidated under six corporations. These corporations are invested in diverse industries, but tobacco production and trading are their major businesses and are either “government or public owned and belonging to the central or a local government, a ministry, or the Communist Party”.[1] Established in 1985, the Vietnam

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Tobacco Authority of Thailand (TAOT)

Update May 2020 The Tobacco Authority of Thailand (TAOT), formerly called the Thai Tobacco Monopoly (TTM), is a state-owned enterprise registered as a government agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance in Thailand. TAOT operates in the tobacco production and distribution business. Since its establishment in 1939, TTM grew steadily and took the biggest cigarette

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State-owned tobacco enterprises

Businesses that remain State-owned include those considered essential for national security and the maintenance of public order, implementation of poverty eradication, or to guarantee the supply of goods and services that would not be viable for private enterprises such as energy, telecommunications, aviation, and banking.[1] In ASEAN, active State-owned tobacco enterprises are Lao Tobacco Limited

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Transnational Tobacco Companies

The tobacco industry uses scare tactics to intimidate governments and fight stringent tobacco control measures, falsely claiming that such measures will cause job loses, kill the industry, and harm government investments. In reality, regardless of the strength of tobacco regulations, the tobacco business is flourishing in the ASEAN region spurring transnational tobacco companies (TTCs), in

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Vietnam

Total population in Vietnam was 95.5 million in 2018.[1] The tobacco industry is controlled by the government and is 100% state-owned under the Vietnam National Tobacco Corporation (VINATABA), which also serves as the main domestic producer of tobacco. Smoking Prevalence 2015 GATS of Vietnam gives the overall smoking incidence at 22.5% with 45.3% males smoking and

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Thailand

81,521 people in Thailand die as a result of tobacco-related diseases every year and smoking prevalence is particularly high among males.[1] The tobacco industry in Thailand is mainly controlled by Tobacco Authority of Thailand (TOAT), formerly Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM). Smoking Prevalence The adult smoking prevalence in 2018 was 17.7% or 9.71 million people (with

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Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines is a lower-middle income[1] archipelagic country with an approximate population of 109.2 million, which makes it the second-most populated country in the ASEAN region. Every year in the Philippines, nearly 88,000 people die as a result of tobacco-related diseases.[2] The country’s biggest cigarette manufacturer is PMFTC, Inc, a joint-venture between Philip Morris

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Myanmar

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly Burma, has a population of nearly 56 million[1] while Tobacco harms the population in Myanmar, 65,651 of its people die by tobacco related diseases in 2018.[2] Smoking in Myanmar[3]GlobalData estimates that Myanmar has a smoking population of 11.15 million in 2019. 76.6% (8.543 million) of smoking population are

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