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Jakarta Post

House, ulema push for anti-smoking laws

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 25 2008   /  07:08 am

The continued might of Indonesia’s far-reaching tobacco industry is being questioned, with the House of Representatives and an influential ulema group calling for anti-smoking laws.
Legislator Atte Sugandi of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party said Monday a bill being pushed for deliberation by the House would curb tobacco-related advertising, promotions, sponsorships, production and sales.
“Once it is passed into law, there will be no retail cigarette sales for students,” he said on the sidelines of a seminar on tobacco farmers.
The House will set up a special committee before the year’s end to deliberate the bill, a move that has been delayed for three years.
“We expect to pass the bill before our term ends next year,” Atte said of the draft, which has 87 articles. “We are extremely worried about the ...