As using tobacco products affects human’s health, we fully understand and agree that tobacco products should be properly regulated.
In Vietnam, British American Tobacco highly supports and complies with the local regulations on the tobacco industry. We desire to be able to join hand in shaping the regulations of this industry in the future.
Our expectation is to minimize the harmful effects of tobacco products towards the community through the regulations. They will also help lead consumers’ habits fit the society’s interests. At the same time, they also create an open approach to minimise the harm caused by tobacco as a public policy whilst still ensuring the operation of our business, which is a responsible tobacco company, can compete and grow.
Being a responsible tobacco company, we believe that we can support policy makers make a right solution for issues related to our products by providing relevant information, ideas and practical procedures, for instance, teenagers under 18 accessing tobacco products, smuggling, information about tobacco products, products’ safety, passive smoking and a potential development of legitimate products – while maintaining a competitive market in which adults can make an informed decision about smoking.
In order to have an effective regulation on tobacco products, there should be the cooperation between the Governments and the tobacco industry. We believe that we have enough experience and practical knowledge to contribute to the development of these regulations. We master the design, production, distribution and trading procedures of tobacco products.
It is important for us to operate under effective regulations of the industry. A lack of such regulations will result in an increase of illicit trade, which affects our business, enhances the possibility of tobacco products approaching of teenagers under 18.
The Vietnamese Government has its control towards tobacco products’ production, exclusive production, trading and import.
The tobacco industry in Vietnam is strictly regulated by large numbers of legal documents including but not limited to FCTC, Tobacco Harm Control Law, Decree 67/2013/ND-CP, Circular No. 21/2013/TT-BCT, Law on Commerce, Decree No.89/2006/ND-CP dated September 30, 2006 on labeling of goods and other guidance documents.
The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provides countries that ratified it a global framework policy to handle tobacco-related issues. Vietnam ratified the FCTC in 2005. In order to support the Government incorporate the FCTC into Vietnamese laws, we consistently recommend our constructive opinions. We believe that with the responsible participation of the tobacco industry in policymaking, together with consideration of opinions and influences towards tobacco farmers, consumers and relevant industries could derive more benefits.
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