According to representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the understanding that the tobacco industry for the economy is propaganda made by the cigarette companies.
"Understanding the tobacco industry despite bad for health but good for the economy, the propaganda made by the cigarette companies," said Director of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, Dr Douglas Bettcher at the WHO representative office in Jakarta, yesterday.
In the World Economic Forum in Geneva, according to him, it was agreed eight communicable disease that could increase the burden on countries and increased risk of infectious diseases. According to him, six of the eight non-communicable diseases are the cause of death in the world caused by tobacco consumption.
It also describes the loss caused by cigarettes reached 1.2 billion U.S. dollars between 5 and 7 times the government gains from taxation of tobacco products is so clearly more harmful.
According to Canadian citizens, there is some evidence that the policy of raising taxes has reduced the number of smokers. "Thailand impose taxes to 75 percent of cigarette prices and the success of reducing the number of smokers and an increase in national income," said Bettcher.
Egypt, he added, raising the cigarette tax to 40 percent and use the proceeds from that tax to fund health care services free of cost.
"In Indonesia, the permissive society and there is no restriction on advertising in the media and sponsorship at events or activities of young people, such as music and sporting events," he said.
According Bettcher, WHO recognizes social responsibility (CSR), which is the private sector, but does not recognize the activities carried out by tobacco companies.
"The company basically kills half of its customers, so I can not say as socially responsible," said Bettcher.
It suggests that the Indonesian government implement ban on smoking in public places, no picture warnings on cigarette packs, ban cigarette advertising and corporate sponsorship for sports and music performance in full, and open a telephone line for smokers who want to quit.
"We do not want to kill the tobacco industry, but just wanted to strict rules that people can live in a healthy environment by making the right decision," he added.