Tobacco Control

Indonesia's mayors and ministry of health take a national stand on tobacco control - and galvanise regional momentum

New commitments to advance evidence-based tobacco control measures were made by Indonesia’s sub-national leaders in 2017, at a series of events supported by The Union.

In June, Indonesia’s third Tobacco or Health conference was opened by Health Minister Professor Nila Moeloek with public rejection of a bill then before parliament, which would have rolled back interventions to reduce tobacco use nationwide.

In July, the Mayors Alliance representing 48 jurisdictions agreed to significant tobacco control reforms in their cities – including 100 percent smoke-free and tobacco advertising bans.

Indonesia’s health ministry then organised a conference for the Asia Pacific Mayors Alliance, representing 10 countries, to work together to advance tobacco control across the region.