Despite health costs, Indonesia set to expand tobacco production

The Indonesian government is absolutely failing to protect the health of its citizens by allowing tobacco products to be heavily marketed across the country.

“They are favouring the interests and profits of Big Tobacco.”

Different packet of cigarettes

Different packet of cigarettes

The end result is a looming public health disaster.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Indonesia has one of the highest male smoking rates in the world  and the number of women lighting up is rising fast as well.

The impacts are already huge, with the WHO estimating that smoking claims about 425,000 Indonesian lives each year – nearly a quarter of the country’s annual deaths.

Some media outlets have even begun referring to the country as ‘Tobaccoland’.

Over the past 25 years, there’s been no significant reduction in the number of smokers in Indonesia – nearly 75 percent of men still light up.

In fact, the government is planning to produce more tobacco.

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