Smoke-free Cities Asia-Pacific Network (SCAN)

The Smoke-free Cities Asia Pacific Network (SCAN) initially known as the Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Network, is a coalition of cities, municipalities, provinces, states and districts in the Asia Pacific countries that support each other to achieve its goal of making their country smoke-free (FCTC Article 8).

SCAN was launched in Davao City, Philippines during the 1st Smoke-free Cities Regional Workshop in 2013. It was organized to bring together all cities, municipalities and provinces, and other different smoke-free settings, which includes heritage sites and cities in the ASEAN that are moving towards becoming smoke-free. SCAN provides a platform to share experiences and learn from the best practices on smoke-free of different cities, cities with different cultures but with a common goal. The establishment of SCAN has increased the awareness of the political leaders on the importance of creating and adopting strong smoke-free policies to make cities healthy and livable.

In 2015, the mayors and governors signed the pledge of commitment during the 3rd Smoke-free Cities Regional Workshop in Iloilo City, Philippines. SCAN officially accepted members coming from the 10 ASEAN countries. At present, there are more than 300 SCAN members.

Baguio City, Philippines 2022

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, in coordination with the local government of Baguio City, the Philippines’ Department of Health (Philippines), and the World Health Organization (WHO) successfully kicked off the first day of the 8th Asia Pacific Smoke-Free Meeting with the theme, “Rising amidst the challenges: Strengthening and sustaining smoke-free implementation and enforcement.
 
The event, attended by more than 150 officials and delegates from Southeast Asia officially started yesterday, 27 October at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City.
 
Delegates from Southeast Asia shared experiences and insights on smoke-free implementation, as well as key challenges that they have experienced in pursuing their respective paths towards promoting smoke-free environments.
 
The first day of the workshop also paved the way for the launch of the Global Alliance for Smoke-Free Tourism and the introduction of the ASEAN Smoke-Free Award by the ASEAN.

Siem Reap, Cambodia 2019

7th Asia Pacifi c Smoke-free Meeting: “Linking Cities to Advance Tourism and Preserve our Heritage”.

The Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia hosted this event with more than 200 smoke-free leaders and representatives from cities all over the Asia Pacifi c in att endance. They gathered in the home of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siem Reap, to discuss steps to promote and strengthen smoke-free tourism in diff erent citi es and heritage sites.

Ancient town of Hoi An, Vietnam 2018

6th Regional Meeting of Smoke-free Cities in the Asia Pacific Region: “Promoting Tourism through Smoke- free Environments”

The 6th Regional Meeting of Smoke-free Cities in the Asia Pacific Region with the theme: “Promoting Tourism through Smoke-free Environments” hosted by the People’s Committ ee of Hoi An and the Vietnam Tobacco Control Fund, gathered almost 200 tobacco control advocates and local executives who shared strategies, challenges, and plans to strengthen the smoke-free campaign in diff erent tourist spots and promote this campaign as an integral part of tourism.

Penang, Malaysia 2017

5th Smoke-free Citi es Regional Workshop and the Summit of Smoke-free Leaders and Champions in the ASEAN Region: “Influencing and Leading Cities toward a Smoke-free ASEAN Region.”

In Penang, Malaysia, more than a hundred smoke-free champions and leaders from the ASEAN region and neighboring countries att ended SEATCA’s 5th Smoke-free Cities Regional Workshop which was hosted by the Malaysian Health Promoti on Board (MySihat) and the Penang Government. They committed to ban smoking around children by developing a local legislati on that defined smoking around children as a form of child abuse in their respective cities and countries. It was also in Penang that the Smoke-free Citi es ASEAN Network changed its name to Smoke-free Cities Asia Pacific Network and expanded to non-ASEAN countries.

Krabi, Thailand (2016)

4th Regional Workshop on Smoke-free Cities and the Summit of Smoke-free Leaders and Champions in the ASEAN Region: “Sustaining the Campaign for Smoke-free Citi es in the ASEAN”

Many political leaders in the region are now championing the smoke-free campaign. This was the 1st regional meeting outside the Philippines hosted by the Krabi government. Mayors and governors shared their experiences in making their cities smoke-free. In Krabi City, the media initiated the smoke-free campaign which was supported by the local government.

Iloilo, Philippines (2015)

3rd Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Workshop and the Summit of Smoke-free Leaders and Champions in the ASEAN Region: “Building the Alliance of Smoke-free Cities in the ASEAN Region”.

Iloilo City, a 100 percent smoke-free city, hosted for the third time in the Philippines a historic gathering of tobacco control champions from all over the ASEAN region. This meeting brought together Philippine City Mayors, ASEAN Governors and leaders who have championed the smoke-free advocacy, making their cities and municipalities 100 percent smoke-free, thus expanding the Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Network.

Balanga City, Philippines (2014)

2nd Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Regional Workshop: Shaping the Future of Smoke-free in the ASEAN Region, “Best Practice Benchmarking of Smoke-free Policies and Strengthening Mechanisms of Enforcement”

The City of Balanga, one of the smoke-free cities in the country, hosted the 2nd Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Regional Meeting, participated in by public health officers and local government officials from seven ASEAN countries. Other cities also followed suit and are now promoting the campaign for smoke-free places: Krabi, Thailand; Yangon, Myanmar; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Luang Prabang, Lao PDR; Pekalongan, Indonesia; Amlan, Negros Oriental, Philippines; and Penang, Malaysia.

Davao City, Philippines (2013)

Activities

Davao City – Best Practice Exchange between the Philippine mega cities of Makati and Davao: Anti-Smoking Campaign of Davao City The group was welcomed by Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, Davao City Anti-smoking Task Force Vice Chair and SEATCA FCTC Program Manager.

Present were Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr. , Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr., Councilor Karlo Bello, Atty J Melchor Quitain (Davao City Administrator) and the councilors from Makati.

Balanga City, Bataan, Philippines/27 August 2014 – SEATCA presents the SEATCA ‘Smoke-free City’ Award to Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia, for “Exemplary commitment to protecting the health of its people by making all enclosed places and outdoor places 100% smoke-free.” Last year, the award was given to the City of Davao.

The 2nd Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Regional Workshop: Shaping the Future of Smoke-free in the ASEAN, hosted by Red Orchid Hall of Famer, Balanga City, concludes today.