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Jakarta Post

Cigarettes in films must be banned: Commission

  • <B>The Jakarta Post</B>

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 5 2009   /  02:26 pm

The National Commission for Child Protection said Thursday that politicians had to ban the advertising of cigarette in movies. "We demand that the House of Representatives insert an article in the bill on films banning cigarette promotions in movies," said Muhammad Joni, the vice chairman of the Commission. The Commission said the bill must forbid cigarette companies from sponsoring the production of films, ban scenes where actors are shown smoking and prevent companies from marketing tobacco brands in the film. Joni said the current bill, if passed into law, would possess weaker measures on prohibiting cigarette advertising compared to the laws on broadcasting and the press. "At least in both those laws, companies cannot display or broadcast cigarette products through their advertising," Joni said. In the bill on films, Joni said, no article regulating the advertisem...