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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Poll: Over 40% of regular smokers back 20-year age limit for buying tobacco products

  • Up to half of respondents in a new poll agree that authorities in Finland should raise the age limit for purchasing cigarettes to 20.

    According to the survey by the national public health organisation ASH Finland, 51 percent of all respondents said that the age limit should be hiked to 20 from the present 18.

    Some 32 percent said there was no need to increase the age cap from 18, while 17 percent said they couldn't say either way.


  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.