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INDONESIA

Tobacco farmers appreciate bylaws restricting smoking

28 Oct 2008. Tobacco farmers agreed to an anti-smoking campaign aimed at restricting children's access to cigarettes, saying they the movement will not lead to a  demise of Indonesia's tobacco industry.

Amin Subarkah, chairman of the East Java Indonesian Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI), said that tobacco growers and cigarette makers and workers have had no objections to bylaws on smoking restrictions in public spaces to prevent children from smoking.

Referring to a recently passed bylaw restricting smoking in public spaces in Surabaya and a similar municipal circular passed in Malang, Amin said tobacco farmers would also campaign for the bylaw but city administrations should also pay more attention to the fate of millions of tobacco farmers. (sra)