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Health Minister: Smokers make up 30 percent of population

VOI NEWS 16.5.2017  10:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+7                   

More than a third of Indonesians or 36.3 percent  are considered to be active smokers. Indonesian Health Minister, Nila Moeloek said during the Indonesian Conference on Tobacco or Health in Jakarta on Monday (May 15th), even 20 percent of teenagers in the group age of 13-15 are active smokers. Minister Nila also explained that the there is an increasing trend in the number of male teenagers. Last year’s report showed that the number of male teen smokers jumped by 58.8 percent. She also remarked that smoking as a habit has killed at least 235,000 lives each year in Indonesia. Minister Nila also pointed out that the World Health Organization -WHO has ranked Indonesia as the world’s third largest cigarette market after China and India. (Tempo)


Gapkindo: Rubber price shrinking after rising in Q1

North Sumatra, the Indonesia’s largest rubber producing province, recorded a 20.98 percent increase in exports to 166,741 tons in the first quarter of this year from the same period last year. The Federation of Indonesian Rubber Companies –Gapkindo has reported in Medan, North Sumatra recently  that the increase in the first three months of this year was encouraging but market demand and price began to shrink in April. Executive Secretary of the Federation, Edy Irwansyah attributed the decline to falling price of oil in the world market. The oil price fall and rising yen against the US dollar resulted in a shrinking price of oil-based synthetic rubber which in turn caused the decline in demand for natural rubber. Edy also said that the increase in the world’s production of natural rubber in the first quarter of 2017 might also have caused the decline in the price in the first month of the second quarter of 2017. (Ant)

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