In an attempt to reduce smoking among youngsters and increase awareness about the dangers, the Indonesia government has decided to increase cigarette excise tax.
“Cigarettes are the second highest consumption by urban poor households at 12.21 percent and rural at 11.63 percent, also one of the causes of stunting and death,” said Minister Mulyani.
Raising Taxes on Tobacco
In its National Medium-Term Development Plan for the 2020-2024 period, Indonesia targets to reduce the prevalence of smokers in youth aged 10 to 18 years from 9.1 percent to 8.7 in 2024.
Nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette temporarily increases smoker’s heart rate and blood pressure, thereby straining the heart and blood vessels.
This predisposes one to the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Blood flow is slowed down, cutting off oxygen supply to the feet and hands, making one vulnerable to the risk of thrombophlebitis. If this remains untreated, many smokers end up with their limbs amputated
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