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Southeast Asian smokers face a cloud of new antismoking measures

Governments hike tobacco taxes to mitigate health threats and fund infrastructure

A vendor smokes beside his cigarette stall along a busy street in Manila.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/MANILA/SINGAPORE -- Once a smoker's paradise, Southeast Asia has been turning up the heat on its tobacco-addicted citizens with regulations and taxes to encourage them to kick their habit.

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