miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2015

Jokowi urged to sign tobacco treaty to protect children – 9 de Febrero de 2015 – india

A petition has been launched calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to ratify the UN’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which was passed to prevent the tobacco industry from targeting children.

The petition, which went online on Saturday at or, was sponsored by a group calling themselves the Smoke Free Agents (SFA).

The group said that the government had failed to protect children and teenagers from the dangers of tobacco, considering the high prevalence of juvenile smokers in the country.

“We are asking members of the public to demand that the President adopt the FCTC as soon as possible in order to protect our younger generation,” SFA member Muhammad Ricki Cahyana said on Saturday.

He added that it would be ironic if Indonesia failed to ratify the FCTC since it was one of the countries that formulated the framework in 2002-2003. Indonesia remains the only ASEAN country not to have ratified the treaty.

Data from the Health Ministry show there are 60 million smokers in Indonesia, and that more than 3.9 million children aged between 10 and 14 become smokers every year.

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