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In terms of the packaging of cigarettes, the regulation prescribes that a warning label and image be placed on the top portion of the front and back of boxes; the message must be printed clearly and start with the word "Warning" in white on a black background. (
While tobacco farmers were concerned about the impact of the regulation on their sales (Primanitha, supra), the country's Minister of Health, Nafsiah Mboi, recently said that the regulation was not "fierce enough" and that it would be "a huge sin" for cigarette advertisement to remain at its current level or increase. (Dessy Sagita & Markus Junianto Shihaloho, Health Minister Says Tobacco Rules Not Enough, JAKARTA GLOBE (Jan. 14, 2013).) One response of the government to the objections of tobacco producers is to state that the rules will not apply to smaller-scale businesses producing fewer than 24 million cigarettes per year. A second is to mandate that local governments work to diversify crops. (Primanitha, supra.)
Article 27 of the regulation pertains to cigarette advertising, which "should not trigger or advise people to smoke." (
According to the Chairman of the Tobacco Farmers Alliance, Nurtantio Wisnu Brata, that group and others representing the tobacco industry plan to challenge the regulation at the Supreme Court. They will argue that the new regulation represents unfair treatment of tobacco farmers. (
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Last updated: 01/16/2013