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Jakarta Post

Rising anti-smoking policy hurting RI tobacco exports

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 12 2010   /  09:21 am

The government is expecting a slower annual growth in exports of tobacco and its products from average 18 percent in the past three years to an average of 15 percent growth in the next five years.Industry Ministry director for beverage and tobacco industries Warsono said Friday the government expected a slower rate of growth as the main cigarette export destinations had introduced stricter controls on smoking.“It will be good enough if we can make cigarette exports grow by 15 percent — slower than the 18 percent realized in the past three to five years – because it is becoming harder to export cigarettes nowadays,” he said.“For example, the United States has banned [clove] flavored cigarettes [to be sold in its domestic market], with the issuance of a new bill, while the European Union (EU) has further limited smoking areas available to the public.”The US Food and Drug Admini...