Late in December 2012, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a new government regulation on tobacco. It was a surprise, considering the desperately long struggle to try to control or curtail tobacco use.
A critical question, however, should be raised as to whether the regulation serves as a precursor for upcoming policies, or simply a win-win solution to satisfy the anti-tobacco activists. In fact, the government has proposed that the House of Representatives ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
However, is the ratification of the FCTC still relevant while the government has already taken measures to fulfill the goals of the international convention?
In principle, the FCTC has six basic strategies in a multipronged approach to control tobacco, comprising the monitoring of tobacco use; protecting people from tobacco smoke; offering help to...