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70 Percent Smokers Come from Poor Families, Productive Ages

Chairman III of Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI) and Executive Chairman of National Committee for Tobacco Control Laksmiati A Hanafiah.

JAKARTA, NNC - Chairman III of Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI) and Executive Chairman of National Committee for Tobacco Control Laksmiati A Hanafiah said that the emergency threat of tobacco hazard is actually been frequently informed to the public. But admitted Laksmiati, awareness and concern about this until now are still deemed inadequate.

This is evidenced with higher consumption of tobacco among young smokers, new smokers, as the impact of rampant lifestyle advertising from the cigarette industry which is misleading as smoking is deemed cool and others.

"The sad part is that most smokers (about 70 percent) are coming from poor families and productive ages. In fact, the money used to buy cigarettes can be allocated to buy food and beverages that are useful for families," said Laksmiati in the press conference of World No Tobacco Day 2018 in Jakarta, Tuesday (6/5/2018).

According to her, in fact smokers do not only endanger themselves, but also those around them who become passive smokers and third-hand smokers, i.e., those who come into contact with objects exposed to smoke.

There is another phenomenon, she added, that the low price of cigarettes in Indonesia is pushing the high consumption, so one effort that can be done to reduce cigarette consumption is to increase the price of this product.

"Tobacco consumption control must be done in a holistic and integrated means, both by the Government and the community. Education about the tobacco hazard can start from families, schools and communities so that we can avoid the emergence of the next generation of consumers of this addictive substance," said Laksmiati.