A 50-year-old mother-of-four in East Jakarta made headlines last week when she sent a legal notice to two tobacco giants to compensate her for her addiction, declining health and financial loss from consuming their products.
In the letter signed Feb. 19, Rohayani demands no less than Rp 1 trillion (US$72 million) in compensation from Gudang Garam and Djarum.
Rohayani, who puffed her first cigarette when she was 10 years old, said it was “not about winning or losing the case”, but about conveying a message to the public that there is room for the companies to be held accountable.
“I shared my first cigarette with a friend, also a child. It was very easy for minors to get cigarettes,” she told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
She accused the companies of a lack of control over who bought their products and said the “poverty-causing side effects are not [exp...