Bali Suggests Moving the International Tobacco Exhibition

DENPASAR ~

Government of Bali Province advised the international trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories which will be held on 27-28 February 2014 to be moved from Bali.

“We recommend to the organizers, the exhibition not to be held in Bali. Do it in East Java and Central Java because there are the areas where tobacco is growing,” said Deputy Governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta after inaugurating the echelon IV structural officials within the local provincial government, in Denpasar on Tuesday.

“We are not in the capacity to reject it, but we could not approve it because we already have a Bylaw No. 10 of 2011 on No Smoking Area,” he said.

Bali provincial government, he added, had also written a letter to the tobacco exhibition organizers, but until now they have not respond to it.

“We are actually very understanding, but in one hand, we have regulations, so we have to respect it,” he said.

According to former Vice Regent of Badung Regency, the impact is it would be difficult to implement Smoke Free Zones (KTR) Regulation if the exhibition is forced to be held in Bali. On the other hand, the government cannot impose any sanctions.

Meanwhile, the Board of Bali Tobacco Control Network, Titik Suhariyati said that the world would laugh at Indonesia if the Inter-Tabac is held in Bali. “Most countries in the world refused to do it, if we who have a regulation is used as the venue of the event, what the world would say,” she asked.

According to Titik, a number of representatives from Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Burma, Nepal, Timor Leste, United States and Vietnam expected the Government of Indonesia and Bali to prohibit the exhibition.

The same thing also stated by a Professional in Public Health from University of Udayana dr. Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti and Made Kerta Duana who stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) describing annually, tobacco causes six million deaths worldwide, most of them come from low-and middle -income countries.

“In Indonesia, 200,000 people die each year from tobacco. Inter – Tabac Asia targeting the Indonesian people as their preferred customers,” she said.

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