Arist Merdeka Sirait: The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) chairman. (JP/Nurhayati)
The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait called on all cigarette producers to stop their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs because they could be used as a “mask” to develop a positive image of cigarettes.
According to a 10-city survey conducted by Komnas PA, tobacco companies sponsored 1,042 events between 2009 and 2011, including 626 music concerts and 288 sports competitions as part of their CSR programs.
Arist said intervention from cigarette-industry players had made the Indonesian government compliant to their interests. No cigarette-control regulation or policy has ever been issued to protect and guarantee people’s health, especially those of women and children, two groups that were prone to the ill-effects of cigarettes.
“The cigarette industry has targeted women and children and women in their marketing,” Arist said as quoted by tribunnews.com. (iwa)