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Indonesia: Cigarette companies target children with low prices: Activists

Author: Alin Almanar, Jakarta Globe, Published on: 29 October 2017

"Cigarette Companies Target Children With Low Prices: Activists", 25 October 2017

The cigarette industry in Indonesia appears to be increasingly targeting children by highlighting cheap cigarette prices in its advertising….

More than 80 percent of cigarette advertisements cite cigarette prices…survey…found.

"Cheap cigarettes and massive promotion will attract more children to buy them," Lentera Anak chairwoman Lisda Sundari said.

Activists have been urging the government to increase cigarette excise in order to raise the price of cigarettes.

Indonesia has yet to ratify the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which sets guidelines on cigarette pricing, taxation and advertising.

"Cheap cigarettes is the only reason why the number of smokers in our country keeps increasing," public health expert Hasbullah Thabrany said.

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