People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- April 24, 2012
Tobacco control regulations recently announced by Indonesia are a move in the right direction but much more needs to be done, said The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on 23 April.
"It is not a stringent regulation in comparison to the region, but it is certainly moving in the right direction," the organisation said in a statement.
Particularly welcome are announced pictorial health warnings that will cover 40 percent of packages; however, that still leaves Indonesia lagging behind its neighbours in ASEAN, added SEATCA.
Indonesia is the only country in the region that is not a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC has 174 Parties, representing nearly 90 percent of the world's population.
"Indonesia needs to fast-track its tobacco control movement to be at par with the rest of its neighbors in the ASEAN region," says SEATCA Director Bungon Ritthiphakdee. For instance, it remains the only ASEAN country without bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorships. "In essence, Indonesia will still remain a paradise for cigarette companies to continue advertising," Ritthiphakdee added.