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Jakarta Post

Brazil bans sale of clove cigarettes

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 13 2012   /  09:13 am

Indonesian cigarette producers want the government to respond to Brazil’s recent decision to ban clove cigarette sales, an industry spokesman says.

The Indonesian government should hold immediate bilateral talks with Brazil, which recently banned sales of cigarettes containing certain ingredients, including cloves, despite insignificant local demand for clove cigarettes, Hasan Aoni Aziz, the Indonesian Cigarette Manufacturers Association’s (Gappri) spokesman, said on Thursday.

“We encourage the government to use a bilateral approach, such as to request a review of regulations that other countries are drafting that would likely affect the local cigarette industry,” Hasan said over the telephone.

Overseas sales of clove cigarettes were increasing, Hasan said, with exports growing from 7 percent to 10 percent a year.

Due to the potential market, local c...