Tobacco industry criticizes smoking ban issued by Anies Baswedan

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – A representative of the Retail and Tobacco Products Industry Association (IHT) called on Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to drop Jakarta Governor’s appeal number 8/2021 on the development of a non-smoking area. The protest against the smoking ban was transmitted virtually during an online discussion hosted by the Indonesian Tobacco Society Alliance (AMTI) on Friday, September 17.

“IHT can worsen from upstream to downstream [of the industry]. Everything is affected by the pandemic, starting with the tax increase and now made worse by the governor’s appeal, ”Benny Wahyudi, head of the Indonesian White Cigarette Manufacturers Association (Gaprindo), said in a statement. written Saturday, September 18.

The decree signed on June 9, 2021, calls on all building managers in the capital to impose the development of non-smoking spaces. One of them is not to place advertisements for cigarettes or addictive substances, both indoors and outdoors. This includes the display of cigarette packs or addictive substances in stores.

Benny said these appeals against government regulation number 109/2012 which regulates smoking activity and the installation of advertisements in stores. The Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) advisory board Tutum Rahanta said the governor did it at the wrong time.

The economy is in the middle of the recovery process. Tutum considered that the show rather disrupted the economic activities of the population. Hippindo voiced their objections.

The cigarette trade, he continued, is a legal activity regulated by law. He asked why the governor’s call gave the impression that the display of cigarette packages was wrong.

Tutum regretted a follow-up action by the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) towards Anies Baswedan’s appeal by covering the display of cigarettes in the convenience stores with a white cloth. “We conduct the trading activities properly. Please support us [us]. If something is wrong, a broadcast could be done first [before imposing a new regulation],” he said.

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