Strengthening Advertising Control for Addictive Products in Indonesia

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Strengthening Advertising Control for Addictive Products in Indonesia
YLKI Calls for Stronger Control on Tobacco Advertising in Indonesia's Health Bill to Protect Children from Tobacco Ads.

According to Antaranews, the Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) has urged for stricter control of advertisements for addictive products such as tobacco in the upcoming Health Bill.


Tulus Abadi, the daily affairs manager of the foundation, has revealed that "strict broadcasting times for tobacco advertisements, from midnight to 3 am, are being imposed to prevent children from being exposed to such content.


According to Tulus, the current smoking rate among children aged 12 to 15 years has reached 9.1%, and if not controlled, it may rise to 15%.


Tulus stated that there are currently no regulations regarding e-cigarette advertisements. Due to the alarming consumption quantity and frequency of e-cigarettes, YLKI has expressed extreme concerns. The organization also demands a ban on loose tobacco, as it believes this facilitates convenient access for both youth and impoverished families, which is highly worrisome. Furthermore, they propose that health warning images should cover 90% of the packaging.


This will enable consumers to more clearly and comprehensively access information on the dangers of tobacco." Finally, Tulus emphasizes that strict control of addictive products is aimed at protecting the public from serious health issues caused by smoking.


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