The State of Tobacco Control in ASEAN: Framing the Implementation of the FCTC from a Health Systems Perspective

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 47-64

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

18 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2018

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Gayle Amul

University of Geneva; Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Tikki Pangestu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 21, 2018

Abstract

Using a tobacco control framework that combines demand-reduction and selected supply-reduction measures according to a health system's building blocks, this article aims to assess the state of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control implementation in ASEAN countries from a health systems perspective. Results show that more ASEAN member states are showing leadership in adopting effective policies in the MPOWER suite of interventions such as raising taxes on tobacco, establishing smoke-free areas and implementing graphic health warnings. However, effective enforcement of these policies is hampered by the lack of policies to protect public health measures from tobacco industry interference. ASEAN faces three challenges to control and reduce tobacco use: tackling the increasing burden of disease from tobacco use, tobacco industry interference and the need for better governance based on stronger political will and commitment. ASEAN member states need to further invest and innovate on tobacco control and promoting healthy lifestyles in order to achieve the SDG target on tobacco control.

Keywords: tobacco control, ASEAN, FCTC, Southeast Asia, health policy, health system

Suggested Citation

Amul, Gianna Gayle and Pangestu, Tikki, The State of Tobacco Control in ASEAN: Framing the Implementation of the FCTC from a Health Systems Perspective (January 21, 2018). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 47-64, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3127182

Gianna Gayle Amul (Contact Author)

University of Geneva ( email )

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Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

ASOG – Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1108
Philippines

Tikki Pangestu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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