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Fighting Big Tobacco in Indonesia and Africa

News stories expose industry’s marketing to kids

Editor
Jan 29, 2014

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Indonesia and Africa are among Big Tobacco’s top targets as the industry increasingly targets low- and middle-income countries in its insatiable quest for profit, no matter the cost in lives and health.

Recent news stories document both the enormous challenges posed by the tobacco epidemic in these countries and regions – and the growing call for strong action to rein in the tobacco industry and save lives.

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posted January 29, 2014

Tobacco Company Blows Smoke on National Health Day in Indonesia

Cigarette ad shows disregard for health

Editor
Nov 14, 2013

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How does the Indonesian tobacco company Djarum celebrate the country’s National Health Day? It places a giant front-page ad for one of its cigarettes in a national newspaper. Then that newspaper happens to make its way onto every seat at the launch event for the Ministry of Health’s National Health Day event.

That’s how bad things are in Indonesia, where tobacco companies have near-free rein to promote and sell their deadly products and newspapers shirk their responsibility to readers by running those ads.

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posted November 14, 2013

Indonesian Music Festival Drops Tobacco Company as Main Sponsor

A promising step for tobacco-free events in Indonesia

Editor
Jun 21, 2013

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Showing that it’s possible to tune tobacco out of the music industry, this year’s Java Rockin’land music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, will take place without one of its most infamous acts – the tobacco industry. Java Rockin’land – like many music festivals in Indonesia – has traditionally been sponsored by tobacco companies trying to lure a new generation of smokers. The concert attracts young music fans from across the country – but this year, the tobacco industry won’t be on stage. 

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posted June 21, 2013

Indonesia Tobacco Giant’s Shameful Billboard Says “DON’T QUIT”

PT Djarum puts profits over lives

Editor
Jun 10, 2013

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Indonesia has been called the tobacco industry’s playground due to the country’s large number of smokers and unrestricted tobacco marketing.

In the latest example, Indonesian tobacco giant PT Djarum has placed billboards promoting its L.A. Lights cigarettes with the shameful slogan “DON’T QUIT.”  If discouraging smokers from quitting isn’t bad enough, the ad appears to mock efforts to reduce smoking by instead encouraging smokers to “DO IT” and using the slogan “Let’s Do It!”

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posted June 10, 2013

Oh Really? Tobacco-Sponsored Indonesia Jazz Festival Now Claims It’s Opposed to Youth Smoking

Performers urged to reject tobacco sponsorships

Editor
Feb 27, 2013

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The Java Jazz festival kicks off this Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia. It's one of the largest annual music festivals in the world, and concert promoters have spent the last few months promoting the stars who will perform. But they've promoted tobacco even more.

What are the biggest words on Java Jazz's official poster and billboards? It's not "Java Jazz." It's not the names of star performers. It's a brand of cigarettes made by Djarum, the tobacco company sponsoring the music festival.

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posted February 27, 2013

New Campaign Urges Musicians to “Tune Out Tobacco” by Rejecting Tobacco Sponsorships

U.S. band Weezer urged to drop tobacco sponsor for upcoming Indonesia concert

Editor
Jan 4, 2013

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is launching a new campaign and web site – called Tune Out Tobacco – urging musicians to reject tobacco industry sponsorships of their concerts.

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posted January 04, 2013

Same Old Tricks: Big Tobacco Partners with International Music Stars in Indonesia

International artists perform at industry-sponsored event, help market tobacco to kids

Editor
Oct 9, 2012

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Thanks to some of the world’s weakest tobacco control laws, Indonesia continues to be the target of rampant, unrestricted tobacco marketing, including industry-sponsored concerts that are banned in the United States and many other countries. Unfortunately, popular international musicians continue to perform at these concerts, helping tobacco companies market their deadly and addictive products to Indonesia’s youth.

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posted October 09, 2012

New Survey: Indonesia Has Highest Male Smoking Rate in the World

Cheap cigarettes, rampant marketing fuel tobacco epidemic

Editor
Sep 12, 2012

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Indonesia has the highest male smoking rate among countries surveyed to date, according to results from the nation’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) released today.

The survey underscored the scope of Indonesia’s tobacco epidemic, which is fueled by cheap cigarettes, rampant tobacco advertising and weak government policies to reduce tobacco use. Smoking kills at least 200,000 people in Indonesia each year.

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posted September 12, 2012

ABC’s Nightline Investigates Philip Morris International’s Marketing to Indonesian Youth

Video: Tobacco giant questioned on Marlboro-branded kiosk steps from school

Editor
Jul 11, 2012

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In a new segment, ABC News Nightline returns to Indonesia, a playground for the tobacco industry where tobacco marketing is inescapable and kids can easily buy cigarettes right outside their schools.

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posted July 11, 2012

Australian News Program Highlights Alarming Epidemic Affecting Indonesia’s Children

Video: Eight-year old Indonesian boy has been smoking for nearly four years

Editor
Jun 21, 2012

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A new segment broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Corporation highlights the alarming tobacco epidemic affecting Indonesia's most vulnerable population — its children. The story follows an eight year old boy who has been smoking cigarettes for nearly four years and illustrates how the tobacco industry targets young smokers in Indonesia

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posted June 21, 2012

Tobacco Industry Hasn’t Come a Long Way, Baby

New line of super-slim cigarettes aggressively targets women

Editor
Jan 18, 2012

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South Korea’s leading cigarette manufacturer, KT&G, has launched a new line of super-slim cigarettes and is directly targeting women around the globe in a marketing campaign that promotes the brand as smart and sophisticated.

"Love Smart" declares a Jakarta billboard for Esse, which pictures a slim woman in a sleek blue dress.

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posted January 18, 2012

Court Upholds Key Indonesian Tobacco-Control Laws

A step forward in nation of "smoking baby" and severe epidemic

Editor
Nov 9, 2011

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Indonesia's Constitutional Court has upheld critical tobacco control related aspects of the country's 2009 Health Law, affirming that tobacco is indeed addictive and making it clear that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs are required and not just optional.

The ruling came on a challenge to the law backed by tobacco companies, which are politically powerful and have aggressively fought efforts to reduce tobacco use. The Indonesian government has lagged in implementing the law, bowing to the clout of tobacco interests.

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posted November 09, 2011

ABC’s 20/20: Philip Morris International’s Link to Indonesia’s “Mini-explosion of Smoking Babies”

Company documents show how PMI targets local brand to youth

Editor
Sep 12, 2011

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With Indonesia in the grip of what it calls an "uncontrolled tobacco epidemic," ABC’s 20/20 turns its cameras beyond the shocking images of smoking babies and schoolchildren to spotlight the role of lax government regulation and Philip Morris International’s marketing to youth.

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posted September 12, 2011

Philip Morris International Suggests Cigarettes are “a Cool Friend” for Indonesians

In country of smoking baby, tobacco giant targets young men with outrageous billboard

Editor
Aug 30, 2011

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From Philip Morris International’s Indonesian subsidiary Sampoerna comes a new billboard with a jaw-dropping slogan: "Dying is better than leaving a friend. Sampoerna is a cool friend."

See it in the full post.

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posted August 30, 2011

For Big Tobacco, Indonesia is the new Marlboro Country

“Sex, Lies and Cigarettes” documentary airs on Tuesday night

Editor
Jun 24, 2011

Widening its lens beyond the image of Indonesia’s infamous “smoking baby,” Current TV plans to air an hour long documentary Tuesday night that exposes the tobacco industry’s deadly expansion into Indonesia, where it is addicting a new generation and helping to create a global epidemic of deaths caused by tobacco use.  

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posted June 24, 2011

They’re at it Again

American rock bands continue to help sell tobacco to kids in developing countries

Editor
Jun 7, 2011

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The American rock bands Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars and Neon Trees are among a lineup of top musicians who are again acting as advertisers for Big Tobacco: They're scheduled to perform next month at Java Rockin' Land, Indonesia's largest and highest profile music event — sponsored by the cigarette company Gudang Garam.

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posted June 07, 2011

Tobacco Supporters in Indonesia Still Say It’s Not Addictive

Even the smoking baby knows better

Editor
Mar 2, 2011

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Thousands of international, scientific studies have proved the addictive power of nicotine, the essential element in tobacco products that gets people hooked and keeps them using a product that kills them.  

That arresting video of a chain-smoking Indonesian toddler that went viral on the Web last year was clear and disturbing proof that this potent drug can work its deadly grip on anyone, of any age.

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posted March 02, 2011

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