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  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Indonesia May Join Growing Vaping Ban as Illness Hits Asia

  • The world’s second largest tobacco market, Indonesia, is weighing a total ban on electronic cigarettes, joining a growing number of nations cracking down on vaping due to health concerns.

    The Indonesian government is working on revising existing e-cigarette regulations, said Anung Sugihantono, the Health Ministry’s director general of disease control and prevention. “The ministry’s stance is consistent: we want to ban, not limit, vaping and e-cigarettes,” he said in a text message this week.

     

  • 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.

  • Monday, September 02, 2019
  • Tackling Indonesia's smoking addiction a 'double-edged sword

  • Walking through rural Indonesia, it's not uncommon to see primary school children smoking cigarettes. It's just one part of an epidemic in a country where nearly 70 per cent of all men and one in five children aged between 13 and 15 smoke, according to official data.

    Indonesia has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and a tobacco industry that continues to thrive as the number of smokers decreases globally.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Vaping News Roundup 2019

  • Smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” has been marketed as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes to help existing smokers “kick the habit”. However, their popularity is also rising among non-smoking adolescents – from 2017–2018 e-cigarette use increased by a staggering 78% in high school students – with the primary appeal cited as being the variety of available flavors. But how safe are the ingredients in e-cigarettes? Here we highlight some of the studies exploring e-cigarette safety, published during 2019.