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.
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.