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Indonesian Health Organization urges Ministry of health to speed up revision of tobacco packaging law


Some medical and health organizations in Indonesia have urged the Ministry of health to speed up the revision of the graphical health warning for cigarette packaging in government regulation No. 109 / 2012. The panel pointed out that the revised draft began in May 2018 and should be implemented in a year's time, but it has not yet been completed.

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The Department of coordinating human development and cultural affairs also requested the Department to review the provisions on online cigarette advertising and control of consumption of steam products.

Tubagus haryo karbyanto of the National Tobacco Control Council (NCTC) said: "the slow revision process shows that the Indonesian government lacks awareness of the urgency of controlling the high consumption of tobacco in Indonesia. The Minister of health should finish his work immediately. "

The incidence rate of lung cancer in Indonesia is high (19.4 out of every 100 thousand people), said Ufach Rosidi, President of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation. The Unifah Rosidi, the Indonesian Teachers Association, said: "when our children know little about the dangers of smoking, the Ministry of health seems to have taken no serious consideration of this situation."

Esti nurjadin, President of the Indonesian heart foundation, said the foundation had sent a letter urging President Joko Widodo to push forward the revised regulations.

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