Tobacco Free Initiative

Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats Indonesia faces. It kills up to 400,000 Indonesians each year. Up to half of current users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease. Because there is a lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and when their health suffers, the epidemic of tobacco-related disease and death has just begun.

More than 80% of the one billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries like Indonesia, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise the cost of health care and hinder economic development. Children and those from poor households who work in tobacco farming to provide family income are especially vulnerable to "green tobacco sickness", which is caused by the nicotine that is absorbed through the skin from the handling of wet tobacco leaves.

Explore the Tobacco Free pages on this website to learn about the impact of the tobacco epidemic particularly as the burden of non-communicable diseases continues to grow in Indonesia, the state of tobacco control in Indonesia, and how this preventable epidemic can be halted with a set of six effective tobacco control policies.