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EDITORIAL: New tobacco roadmap needed

  • EDITORIAL

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, March 17, 2017   /  08:30 am
EDITORIAL: New tobacco roadmap needed A woman carries chopped tobacco leaves at the Rizona Baru cigar factory in Temanggung, Central Java, while another worker rolls cigars. (JP/Agung Parameswara)

Finally President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has taken the right step by rejecting a proposal from lawmakers on the tobacco bill, after he was convinced that it would contravene laws, including the Health Law. The bill aims to protect the domestic industry and farmers, which tobacco control advocates say would be at the expense of public health. Last month opponents of the bill included children — statistics from 2013 showed three out of 10 youngsters lit up before they were 19. Lawmakers have insisted on continuing the bill’s deliberation without the government and have threatened to block any bill sponsored by the government. Therefore, the President’s rejection of the bill is not enough. With a boost in public support for his decision, Jokowi’s government should issue a new roadmap to phase out tobacco production by shifting the dependency of farmers a...