14 Oct '11, 1pm

The Childhood Smoking Epidemic in Indonesia

The Childhood Smoking Epidemic in Indonesia

Indonesia is a developing country known for its spicy food and tourism, but it is also known for its tobacco usage. Indonesia is the fifth largest cigarette market by volume in the world and the home of the kretek . One of the main reasons why tobacco companies focus on selling their products to Indonesia is because its government is the only country in Asia that did not sign the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control . With that in mind, companies have a free for all on whom they sell to. Unlike the United States, where an average cigarette pack costs about $10.28 , in Indonesia it costs a couple of cents for a cigarette and about a $1.00 for a pack. The tobacco companies have influence on the Indonesian government because they are one of the largest contributors to government revenue and employ thousands of workers at the factories. As a result, the Indonesian governmen...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/10/childhood-smoking-epi...

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