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Minister Wants National Health Insurance Debt Covered by Cigarette Tax

With the country’s health and social security agency (BPJS) running a massive debt in rolling out its health insurance program, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has...

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...

Indonesia to Light Up Cigarette Taxes in 2017

The government is set to raise cigarette taxes next year in a bid to discourage illegal practices in the tobacco trade. A new tobacco tax policy is set to take effect in...

Indonesian Finance Ministry Yet to Confirm Cigarette Price Increase

Despite ongoing reports about the Indonesian government’s plans to increase cigarette prices, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the ministry has yet to...

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...

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...