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Jakarta Post

Letter: Smoking kills a nation

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, October 31 2008   /  09:49 am

Smoking is one of the most preventable causes of ill health. Lung cancer and heart disease are the top killers in Indonesia, but none of our former presidents have ever emphasized the real war against tobacco companies. The fact is, tobacco companies are controlling our government. From an economic perspective, our government has always stressed the importance of tobacco industries in supporting our local workers. The government receives approximately Rp 32 trillion (US$2.9 trillion) per annum from the tobacco industry, but at the same time it must spend Rp 120 trillion on medical care for patients with smoking related diseases. The Indonesian government has made a real mistake in promoting smoking to its citizens by allowing tobacco companies to advertise on television. Conversely, there needs to be good advertisements promoting quitting smoking thro...