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Jakarta Post

Smoking kills and funds

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, September 16 2019   /  01:24 am

The government’s plan to raise tobacco excise to a decade high in 2020 is expected to make cigarettes more expensive and discourage smokers in Indonesia, which has one of the world’s highest smoking prevalence. An average 23 percent excise hike will increase retail cigarette prices by 35 percent, according to the Finance Ministry, after keeping the tobacco excise steady in the 2019 election year.Cigarettes are an extremely popular product in Indonesia, where 62.9 percent of male adults and 23 percent of male teenagers aged 13 to 15 years old smoke. The 2018 Basic Health Survey (Riskesdas) and the Global School-based Student Health Survey in 2015 show that 33.8 percent of adults and 12.7 percent of children smoke — and child smokers are increasing.With Indonesia’s smoking culture and large exposure to cigarettes, price increases might do little to reduce cigarette consumption and ...