BTCI Asks Local Government to Control Cigarette Advertisement

DENPASAR ~

Chairman of the Bali Tobacco Control Initiative (BTCI) Made Kerta Duana asked regional and city governments in Bali to seriously control cigarette advertising billboards in accordance with the spirit of Local Regulation about Smoke Free Zone (KTR).

“Local governments should seriously discipline the cigarette advertising billboard, because Bali has had KTR regulation,” he said in Denpasar on Friday.

He said that in the KTR regulation, it is mounting rules relating to cigarette advertising. But there are still billboards seen close to the specified areas even they are very striking.

“Things like that have to be disciplined, do not be afraid that local governments will lose tax on cigarette advertising, but more importantly, how to make residents not be influenced by the ads,” he said.

Kerta Duana advised the local government through the Department of Security and Order of municipal police to continue monitoring and having inspection to places in which there are offenders.

“The authorities should forcefully take down the cigarette billboards that violate the rules and its installation beyond the deadline or it is expired,” he said.

He appreciates universities in Bali that have agreed to be smoking-free campus, which refers to the KTR.

“We appreciate universities in Bali that have agreed to enforce the rules of KTR. This is a step that needs to be socialized to the public. Because in the campus, the young generation who tend to be affected to smoking. But with the ban, it is expected that students do not smoking,” he said.

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