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Couple Calls for Tobacco Shut Down after Baby Dies

A young couple whose one-month-old son died after breathing in cigarette smoke has called for the government to shut down the country’s tobacco industry. “I hope...

Sin Tax Says ‘Put Down the Smokes’

Like much of the world, smoking continues to be one of Indonesia’s top public health priorities. But, with the cheapest cigarette prices on earth as well as a huge...

Tobacco Bill Lights Up Advocates in 2017

The resurrection of a controversial tobacco bill has escalated the battle between pro-tobacco lobbyists and anti-tobacco activists in 2017. Parliament aims to pass the...

With a Long History in Indonesia, Tobacco Remains an Economic Pillar

Tobacco companies in Indonesia could face challenging times, as regulators tighten. But with power and resources, cigarette firms have cause to be optimistic. When it...

Playing With Fire

Playing with Fire

The swiftest punch in the face I’ve ever received came from a dense fist of tobacco smoke. I was in a cafe when a stranger sitting next to me lit his cigarette and...

Football and Cigarettes

Football and Cigarettes

I wish I knew the joy of smoking cigarettes. I tried to have a puff for two seconds in the name of curiosity and I wanted my two seconds back afterwards. What the hell...

The Topic of Cancer

The Topic of Cancer

The ramblings of an anti-smoking expat based in Batam I detest smoking. Starting with the basic ritual of taking dried leaves rolled in paper, setting fire to them and...

Luigi Andrea Calcagno

Meet Luigi Andrea Calcagno

Meet Luigi Andrea Calcagno, owner and chef of Zibiru, Cucina Italiana in Seminyak, Bali. I’m guessing you are from Italy. Where in Italy? I’m from Rome. My extended...

The Benefits of Time Travel

One Sunday afternoon a group of us decided to take our kids and go ten pin bowling. None of us ever took the game too seriously but we were intensely competitive, so it...

A Brief History of Tobacco

Tobacco was first cultivated in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes, from where it spread north and south till it covered most of the Americas. After ‘discovery’ by...

Confessions of a Former Smoker

For the past 25 years, cigarettes have been a loyal friend. Camels, Luckies and Marlboros (and the occasional Djarum Super) were a familiar constant in all the different...

Laiman

Laiman the Cigarette-Loving Restaurant Manager

The ash on Laiman’s cigarette curls and turns grey like a witch’s fingernail. It finally falls on his pants. He sweeps off most of it, but there is a smear...

Dangerously Nice: Kretek Cigarettes

I was a kretek (clove cigarette) smoker for almost two years. When I first started smoking clove cigarettes in Kalimantan during a voluntary placement, I remember an...

Nugroho Widjaja - Cigar Marketing Officer at PT.Djarum

Nugroho Widjaja, Cigar Marketing Officer at PT. Djarum

In Indonesia Expat’s Business Profile, we regularly shine a light on successful businessmen and women in Indonesia, Expatriate and Indonesian, to discover more about...

Education Guide 2017

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