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R Street Institute

Updated in August 2020 Background R Street Institute was established by Eli Lehrer, a former employee of the Heartland Institute, an organization which had previously accepted donations from Altria (owner of Philip Morris USA) in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[1],[2] The Institute identifies itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization…(with the) mission

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Factasia

Updated in August 2020 Background Factasia.org is a Hong Kong-based independent consumer advocacy group working across the Asia-Pacific region. The organization states on its website that it does not speak for or represent the tobacco industry;[1] instead, its mission is to promote consumer voices in Asia. On the other hand, factasia.org is known to promote

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Unnecessary interaction with tobacco industry

As defined by Article 5.3 guidelines, unnecessary interactions with the tobacco industry occur when government officials attend social functions sponsored by the industry or when the government enters into a partnership with them. No social distancing with the industry Not even the pandemic prevented some high-level government officials from interacting unnecessarily with the tobacco industry.

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Benefits given to tobacco industry

According to Asian TII index, the tobacco industry’s business portfolio is still highly valued for its perceived contributions to economic growth. Consequently, this earns the industry privileges or incentives from governments to expand its business further. Except for Brunei, the tobacco industry continues to enjoy these benefits from governments across Asia. Carving out tobacco industry

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Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA)

Updated on 30 November 2020 Background The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is an alliance of tobacco harm reduction advocates and their respective organizations in the Asia Pacific region. CAPHRA’s mission and aim is to educate, advocate and represent the right of adult alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of

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Philippine E-cigarette Industry Association (PECIA)

Updated in February 2020 BackgroundPhilippine E-cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) registered in 2013. The association identifies itself as a trade association composing of store owners, suppliers, and Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes and related products in the Philippines. One of its missions is to promote the greater understanding for e-cigarettes in the service of users, community and

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Yayasan Pemerhati Kesehatan Publik/Public Health Observer Foundation (YPKP)

Updated in March 2020 BackgroundPublic Health Observer Foundation (YPKP) is a civil society organization founded in 2015 by 3 dentists from the University of Padjadjaran.[1] This foundation is the pioneers behind the relentless pro-vaping campaign in Indonesia by spreading misleading research conclusions to support the campaign.[2] YPKP also actively approaches healthcare professional organizations to support

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Asosiasi Personal Vaporizer Indonesia/Indonesian Vapor Entrepreneurs Association (APVI)

Updated in March 2020 BackgroundIndonesia Vapor Entrepreneurs Association (APVI) was established in 2014 by e-cigarette retailers and importers.[1] Ever since, APVI has been actively promoting e-cigarettes through various channels, including on social media Instagram. This organization provides e-cigarette entrepreneurs a platform for lobbying the government to derail efforts on banning e-cigarettes.[2] Apart from activities that

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