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The government aims to ratify the treaty tobacco

The Ministry of Health is once again holds to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), despite serious deviations from the tobacco industry.

_1304020_cig300“We have asked permission of the President of the ratification of the FCTC through the Foreign Minister and discuss it with other ministries,” Minister of Health, Nafsiah Mboi told reporters at her office on Thursday. “We will continue to discuss this with other interested parties on August 19th.”

Nafsiah said that Indonesia is the only Asian country and, along with Somalia, is one of only two Muslim countries that have not ratified the treaty.

“Indonesia is one of the 192 countries that have established an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), but has not yet ratified it,” she said.

Nafsiah said that the ministry will continue to face serious failure by the tobacco industry to ratify the treaty. However, the question of the ratification of the treaty the government did not mean any harm to the industry or the tobacco farmers.

“As part of the FCTC, basically no regulation to ban the production,” said Nafsiah. “Contract is aimed at protecting the population, controlling tobacco advertising ban young people from smoking and to regulate harm passive smokers,” she said.

The minister said that the government needs to work harder to get approval from the House of Representatives, which has long been reluctant to support the fight against tobacco.

In 2009, the House’s Commission IX on health and welfare affairs proposed a bill on the impact of tobacco products. House legislation body (Baleg), he refused, citing the huge socio-economic impact of the bill for the citizens of tobacco farmers in particular.

In 2011, the commission revised the bill and offered him a new name, the health care bill from the threats of cigarettes and the same products. The bill, which was adapted from the FCTC, was later rejected.

Golkar Party lawmaker Poempida Hidayatullah said recently that by ratifying the treaty the government is putting the fate of the tobacco workers in danger.

“It is impossible that there would be massive layoffs after the ratification of the treaty,” said Poempida said.

Poempida said the plan was the Health Minister to immediately ratify the treaty was not in line with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s mission to increase economic growth.

Poempida said that the measurements of economic growth were when every one percent increase can provide jobs for 450,000 people. “In the context of the ratification of the FCTC, the Health Minister is basically negates the President’s mission,” Poempida said.

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