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Cigarette excise could help finance health care

  • Yurdhina Meilissa and Nurul HW Luntungan
    Yurdhina Meilissa and Nurul HW Luntungan


Jakarta | Thu, July 13, 2017 | 10:27 am
Cigarette excise could help finance health care On a decline – A tobacco farmer from an areas in the slope of Merapi-Merbabu mountain in Boyolali, Central Java, puts his chopped tobacco leaves in the sun to dry. Dried tobacco is now selling at only Rp 60,000 (US$4.55) per kilogram. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

PREMIUM A news article in the July 3 edition of The Jakarta Post titled Cigarette excise ‘can’t’ help finance health care has put illicit trade in tobacco products (ITTP) in the limelight yet again. For readers, air quotes in the headline are intriguing, even though it is not quite clear what they mean. In gesture, air quotes signify irony or mockery. In print, a word that is prese...

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