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Jakarta Post

Is tobacco bill really necessary?

  • Nafsiah Mboi
    Nafsiah Mboi

    Leaders’ envoy and board chair for the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA)

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 24, 2017   /  08:31 am
Is tobacco bill really necessary? Up in smoke: Tobacco farmer Sunaryo works at his farm in Randuagung village, Jember, East Java. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

Last week we learned that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo verbally rejected a proposal from lawmakers for a new tobacco bill that would increase protection of the industry and production of cigarettes. However, he finally gave written agreement for discussion by government and the legislature about the proposed law. Smoking and the tobacco industry have long been big business here with well documented impacts on national, family and individual economies, health and welfare. Today I call on activists concerned for the people of Indonesia to reject the proposed tobacco law, which threatens the health and well-being of our people. It is in conflict with prevailing laws on health and other fields. We must also raise our voices to point to positive action that the government can take to address some key concerns of the President — an increase in revenues and the welfare...

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