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Indonesia: Cigarette warnings covered by excise bands: Survey

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) has revealed that the pictorial health warnings on more than half of the tobacco product packages it surveyed were covered by excise bands.

“We suspect that the covering was done intentionally to blur the warning on health damage caused by smoking,” said Tulus Abadi of the YLKI at the launch of the survey of pictorial health warning implementation.

Government Regulation (PP) No. 109/2012 on tobacco control stipulates that cigarette packages circulating on the market must bear a pictorial warning that must not be covered by anything, including excise bands.

The survey, conducted from February to March, took samples of tobacco products, including products from PT Philip Morris International, PT British American Tobacco.

PT BAT had the lowest compliance with the regulation as all of the pictorial warnings on the sampled products were covered by excise bands. Local brands led in compliance with 65 percent.

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