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Tobacco excise increase: Catching up with smokers

  • Adelia Pratiwi and Febri Pangestu

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 30, 2019   /  11:08 am
Tobacco excise increase: Catching up with smokers A worker arranges sticks of the hand-rolled kretek brand, Dji Sam Soe, at the PT HM Sampoerna factory at Surabaya’s Rungkut Industrial Estate. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

The government has decided to raise the excise tax rate and the minimum retail prices of cigarettes by 23 and 35 percent respectively starting in January 2020 in a bid to control tobacco consumption. Smoking prevalence in Indonesia has been rising at an alarming rate. The Health Ministry has revealed that Indonesia has one of the highest rates of smokers in the world. The prevalence of smoking among adult males grew from 62.2 to 62.9 percent in the past 10 years. The number hit a peak in 2016 at 68.1 percent, the highest rate in the world. While smoking prevalence in the overall population only increased from 31.5 to 33.8 percent in the same period, the number for women smokers rose quite significantly from 1.3 to 4.8 percent. Child and teenaged smokers also increased 1.9 percent. This trend has occurred even though cigarettes were less affordable from 2013 to 2018 in relative term...

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