Probolinggo, E Java, Nov 20 (Antara) - The city of Probolinggo is serious to become a "zero" cigarette butt region in East Java by implementing non-smoking areas in accordance with the regulation from the city mayor.
"We are heading to a city of zero cigarette butts, so no more cigarette butts will be seen scattered in the government offices, in accordance with the regulation we issued," Mayor of Probolinggo, Rukmini, remarked here on Monday.
She also reminded the head of the regional apparatus organization and civil state apparatus to reduce smoking habit in the local government office environment.
"We cannot force them to stop smoking at all, but we urge that if they smoke five packs a day, they can reduce them to about three packs a day," Rukmini remarked.
According to her, the Probolinggo city government already has rules, such as Local Regulation No.12/2012 on Non Smoking Area (KTR) and Limited Area Smoking (KTM), followed up with the regulation of the city mayor, so that the activity of smokers has been limited.
People start smoking due to varying reasons, and once they get into the habit, it can be difficult to stop, as smoking is both physically and mentally addictive.
Hence, protecting the people from the dangers of cigarettes should continue to be strengthened without any intervention from the interests of the tobacco industry.
In fact, Jakarta Citizen Forum (FAKTA) Chairman, Azas Tigor Nainggolan, stated recently that the Indonesian government's efforts to protect people from the dangers of cigarettes are still not strong, because of the intervention by the interests of the tobacco industry.
"With more vigorous campaigning by tobacco control group, the tobacco industry will also become more intense, especially since it has a lot of money," Nainggolan remarked in a discussion in Jakarta last Wednesday.
He noted that with resources owned, the tobacco industry can do anything, including "buying" policies and rules. Therefore, it is not surprising that policies and regulations on tobacco control in Indonesia are still very weak.
"The rules already exist, but the implementation and rules derivative are still not strong," he noted.
He cited an example of a previous survey conducted by FAKTA some time before the development of non-smoking areas in government offices. Of the 150 government offices surveyed, it turned out that 90 percent violated the regulation at non-smoking areas.(*)