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Jakarta Post

Enabling teachers as tobacco control champions

  • Anindita Sitepu and Fadjar Wibowo

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 17 2017   /  01:00 am

World No Tobacco Day was commemorated on May 31. Initiated by the World Health Organization, it is a day that highlights risks attributed to tobacco use. It is also a day that underlines the importance of effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. In Indonesia, this year’s straightforward theme, “a threat to development,” rings true. As a country with one of the highest rates of cigarette smoking, inconsistencies surrounding tobacco control continue to raise dispute.

The year 2017 will mark the second year we enter the sustainable development goals period. In the comprehensive set of 17 goals and 169 targets, tobacco control is specifically mentioned as a means to reach health-related goals and targets.

Indonesia is struggling with the problem of young smokers, with three out of 10 smokers aged 15 to 30, and most smoke their first cigarette before they are 19...