Cigarettes, Lifestyle Doctrines Promoted By The US To Developing Countries

TIMES OF ISLAM, TANJUNG ENIM - In the official website of the United States Cigarette Industry Association it is clear that they market cigarettes to developing countries in Asia packed not in the form of cigarettes but as a lifestyle. This they equate with Coca-Cola, McDonalds or Levi's.

This was stated by former Chair of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), Kartono Mohamad. He also revealed proposals that were provocative in the discussion that discussed the Draft Law on the Control of Tobacco Products last week. In the discussion, he suggested that it was better for clove cigarettes which were the typical features of Indonesian cigarettes to be exported as a form of "revenge" in other countries.

"Agree that the tobacco industry is maintained if the kretek is to be maintained. Export it. Poison another country! Do not poison the people themselves. And this is what developed countries like the United States have done, "Kartono said in a discussion of the Executive Forum Media Indonesia in Jakarta, which was also opened by House Speaker Marzuki Alie.

Kartono explained that the United States Cigarette Industry Association, clearly stated on its official website, that they market cigarettes to developing countries in Asia packed not in the form of cigarettes but as a lifestyle. This they equate with Coca-Cola, McDonalds or Levi's.

"They are very clear they say on the official website. So that is a strategy. With this fact, the assumption that the control regulation of tobacco products is influenced by capitalists is a wrong judgment. "What prevents this arrangement is to defend capitalists," said the activist of the Anti-Corruption Paragraph Coalition (KAKAR).
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Kartono revealed that exports of US cigarettes to developing countries in Asia from 1970 to 1990 rose 300 percent. While in the United States itself, due to strict regulations, consumption of cigarettes can be reduced to only 20 percent.

Kartono also reminded that the domestic cigarette industry does not need to worry that regulations will eventually kill their industries. Because smokers in Indonesia reach 65 million.

"They are already addicted. Even though the rain storm they will look for cigarettes, "Kartono said.

Kartono hopes that through the regulation, it can suppress teenagers to not be encouraged to become beginner smokers.
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