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Tobacco control at school protects children’s rights

  • Dian PM Saraswati

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  02:05 pm
Tobacco control at school protects children’s rights The latest National Health Research in 2018 shows that 9.1 percent of children aged 10 to 18 year are smokers. (JP/Budhi Button)

National Children’s Day, which fell on July 23 always, is a good opportunity to observe how far the state has upheld children’s rights, especially the rights to health and an environment that supports their growth. One constant threat to children’s health and growth is their exposure to tobacco. Smoking among children and adolescents in the country rises from year to year. The latest National Health Research in 2018 shows that 9.1 percent of children aged 10 to 18 year are smokers. The figure is almost double the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJM) estimate of 5.4 percent in 2019. Additionally, the 2013 Global Youth Tobacco Survey found that 10 to 19 of percent children aged under 10 worldwide have tried smoking various kinds of tobacco. The early introduction of smoking among children is strongly related to the smoking habits of family members, exemplifi...

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