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Special Report: Who's trying to kill the tobacco bill?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, August 5 2009   /  01:05 pm

Indonesia, where cigarette prices are the cheapest in the world, has signed a convention on tobacco control along with 175 other countries as a sign of commitment to limiting the impact of tobacco and cigarettes on the population, particularly on minors. However, a bill on tobacco control, which if passed will automatically ratify the convention, is now the subject of intense bickering among legislators. The Jakarta Post's Nani Afrida seeks an insight into the problem. Here are the stories: A full-blown war to block a bill on the control of tobacco products is currently being waged in parliament, with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) Aria Bima forced to try and wrap it up before legislators end their term on Sept. 30. Despite being re-elected for another term, Aria is worried, because the clout once wielded by his party will be far less substantial in the n...