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Jakarta Post

Small step for health

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, June 17 2019   /  01:11 am

Treading softly and ever so cautiously is the hallmark of our policy on tobacco, the livelihood for millions of farmers and their families. The industry, among the country’s largest taxpayers, has been identified as a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, adding pressure to a bleeding national health insurance program.Therefore, we laud every encouraging sign to curb smoking; the latest being the government’s measure to take down at least 114 accounts on social media platforms containing cigarette advertising. The move by the Communications and Information Ministry followed a letter to Minister Rudiantara from Health Minister Nila Moeloek, citing the latest national health survey, which points to an increase in smokers among 10 to 18-year-olds, from 7.2 percent in 2013 to 9.1 percent in 2018. Though restrictions on such commercials have been in place since 2012, their enforc...