Indonesia Goes Soft on Big Tobacco

Despite rising health care spending for smoking-related diseases, Indonesia—a major cigarette and tobacco producer—has gone soft on Big Tobacco, anti-smoking advocates charge.
Indonesian Consumers Foundation chair Tulus Abadi cited President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision not to up cigarette taxes this year, going back on his vow to double the tax from 2015 to 2019. National Commission on Tobacco Control members added that policymakers treat the tax as a revenue source, failing to understand its purpose: covering the rising costs of treating smoking-related disease.
Another disappointment, Abadi said, is Indonesia’s failure to join the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The Jakarta Post


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