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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.

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • How opponents of vaping aid and abet Big Tobacco

  • Many opponents of vaping think the practice is a big tobacco conspiracy to keep people smoking and hook more kids. The reality is that vaping is a huge and disruptive threat to the tobacco industry. Campaigns against vaping support the cigarette market and are a huge gift to Big Tobacco.

    For over a century, tobacco companies have run an incredibly lucrative cartel, selling an addictive product. Tobacco stocks have been the best performing segment of the stock market for over a century in spite of all-out tobacco control activities.