Indonesia to stub out cigarette ads

Tobacco tax to go up 65 per cent and teenagers to be banned from smoking.

    The bill will ban Indonesians under 18 from smoking

    The tobacco industry employs five million workers, with an estimated 20 million more thought to have jobs indirectly related to the industry.
     
    Philip Morris International last year bought a 40 per cent share in Indonesia’s third-largest cigarette producer Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna.
     
    The Central Statistics Agency reported that smokers under the age of 10 jumped from 3 per 1,000 children in 1999 to 28 per 1,000 in 2003.
     
    Up to 70 per cent of male Indonesians are estimated to smoke and women are increasingly picking up the practice.
     
    Nearly 90 per cent of Indonesian smokers choose locally-produced cigarettes known as kreteks, which are usually two-thirds tobacco and one-third cloves, but standard cigarettes, known locally as "whites", are gaining in popularity.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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