The Jakarta Post
Senior government officials opened an international conference on tobacco control on the resort island of Bali on Thursday with the message that Indonesia must reduce its tobacco consumption to protect its younger generations.
The statement comes as the country continues to make headlines over its lax tobacco regulations, with the latest scandal involving a 2-year-old baby from Sukabumi, West Java, who smokes 40 cigarettes a day.
Tobacco consumption could prevent the country from reaping the benefits of its demographic bonus that was predicted to peak in 2030, National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said in his opening speech at the 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health in Nusa Dua.
Bambang said that the prevalence of smoking among people under 18 years of age had increased each ye...