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Jakarta Post

Indonesia tops ASEAN in policy interference by tobacco industry: SEATCA index

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Sat, December 5 2020   /  01:00 am
A farmer checks his tobacco. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan(JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)

For five consecutive years between 2015 and 2019, Indonesia has had the highest level of tobacco industry interference in its policies among ASEAN countries, a recently released index frp, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has found. The Bangkok-based NGO assists ASEAN member countries in the accelerated implementation of the provisions in the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). SEATCA on Nov. 20 released two separate 2020 Tobacco Industry Interference Index reports, one for Asian countries and the other for ASEAN countries. The index gauges the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC in nine Asian countries and nine Southeast Asian countries, which are given annual scores based publicly available evidence. With a score of 82 in tobacco industry interference, Indonesia scores the highest after Japan (88) in the A...