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Jakarta Post

‘Sacrificing children’: Smoking on the rise among teenagers

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  02:10 am

The latest national health survey has confirmed a grim prediction of the country’s smoking problem: that tobacco use among Indonesian teenagers is on the rise, while there is little sign, if any, that the trend could be reversed in the near future. The trend is seen as alarming, with antitobacco activists and health officials warning it could prevent the country from benefiting from its demographic bonus — expected to occur in 2030 — and achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The 2018 Basic Health Survey (Riskesdas) released last week shows that the prevalence of young smokers aged 10 to 18 years old in Indonesia, which has one of the world’s most liberal policies on tobacco, has increased from 7.2 percent in 2013 to 9.1 percent in 2018. The increase is a far cry from the target set by the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration in the 2014 to 2019 National ...