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Jakarta Post

Tobacco winning war against antismoking campaign in Indonesia

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /  08:34 pm
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Say no to tobacco: The World Health Organization (WHO) and its global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) every May 31. This year’s campaign focuses on tobacco and lung health. (Courtesy of WHO/-)

Indonesia is not only among the countries with the highest rate of smoking in the world, but projections by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that its people are likely to become more and more addicted to cigarettes despite increasingly aggressive campaigns warning of the health hazards. Around 36 percent of Indonesians smoke. But those who light up on a daily basis will grow from 66 percent of all smokers in 2015 to 73 percent in 2020, and 79 percent in 2025. If these projections hold true, they indicate that the majority of smokers are nowhere near kicking the habit. There seems to be no stopping them. Apparently the slew of warnings have not had any impact, including the threat of tuberculosis (TB) that haunts all smokers, past and present. “Various studies prove that the smoke from cigarettes triggers TB,” Erlang Samoedro, the secretary-general of the ...