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Government offices fail to protect nonsmokers

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13, 2019   /  06:12 am
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“I’ve never smoked in my life and no one in my family smokes, so when doctors told me that I had lung cancer, I was very shocked,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the late National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, told The Jakarta Post in an interview last October. “But there are many people who smoke cigarettes at the BNPB office, so maybe that also affects me.” Eight months later, Sutopo died while undergoing intensive cancer treatment in Guangzhou, China. There is no medical evidence that Sutopo’s stage four lung cancer was caused by exposure to the cigarette smoke produced by his colleagues in the office, but secondhand smoke is known to cause cancer, affecting the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack, strokes and other diseases. Sutopo’s death has sparked  discussion about the dangers faced by “p...