Postponement of Revision of PP 109 of 2012 Threatens the Future of Indonesian Children – A mural parade containing warnings and the dangers of smoking colored the commemoration of National Health Day which was initiated by community representatives from the Coalition of Community Care for Health (KOMPAK).

The parade participants, who were almost entirely young people, urged President Joko Widodo to revise PP 109 of 2012 concerning the Safeguarding of Materials Containing Addictive Substances in the Form of Tobacco Products for Health.

“We chose murals as a medium for conveying aspirations when the formal aspiration conveying system in the government did not work well, so we looked for other media, namely mural works, to voice our opinion, in particular urging the immediate ratification of the Revised PP 109 of 2012 concerning Safeguarding Materials Containing Addictive Substances. In the form of Tobacco Products for Health,” said Rama Tantra, a KOMPAK representative who is also active as a Youth Empowerment Officer at the Lentera Anak Foundation, in his speech on Wednesday (17/11/2021).

There is a reason why Rama and other young people are so passionate about tobacco control campaigns. Data from the Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2018 states that the number of child smokers is still very high, at 9.1 percent.

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Masses who are members of the Coalition of Health Concerned Communities (KOMPAK) perform mime while holding a demonstration in the Arjuna Wiwaha Statue area, Jakarta, Wednesday (17/11/2021). [ Budiyanto]
Masses who are members of the Coalition of Health Concerned Communities (KOMPAK) perform mime while holding a demonstration in the Arjuna Wiwaha Statue area, Jakarta, Wednesday (17/11/2021). [ Budiyanto]

That means 1 in 10 Indonesian children are smokers. This is a real failure considering the target for reducing child smokers according to the 2014-2019 Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) from 7.2 percent in 2013 to 5.4 percent in 2019.

What’s worse, it was also found that an increase in the number of child smokers who used e-cigarettes or e-cigarettes increased from 7.2 percent from 2013, to 9.1 percent in 2018.

This is the reason the revision of PP 109 of 2012 is important. Because one of the points that will be discussed is the regulation of advertising tobacco products such as cigarettes in public spaces, the internet, television, to the placement of cigarette displays in shops or stalls.

In addition, PP 109 of 2012 will also discuss the rules and prohibitions on selling cigarettes, which are considered to be the cause of the increasing prevalence of Indonesian child smokers from year to year.

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Children’s health today is a provision for Indonesia in the future. If children’s health is bad due to the impact of smoking since childhood, then Indonesia will lose the potential of qualified Human Resources (HR) to be able to compete in the world.

Source: – Berita Kesehatan Terkini by

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