Thousands of tobacco farmers surrounded the presidential palace in Jakarta today, protesting a new tobacco bill that they say will result in massive job losses.
The new law would ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship, prohibit smoking in public and add graphic images to packaging. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest tobacco consuming country. Around 30 percent of Indonesians above the age of 10 smoke an average of 12 cigarettes a day, according to a 2008 report.
I wonder how much tobacco are in those cigarettes? …cough
more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/indonesia-tobacco-law-smoking-cigarette-health
From the Associated Press
2010-02-12 08:52 P
Indonesia records new bird flu fatality
Indonesia has recorded a new bird flu fatality, bringing the death toll in the world’s worst-hit country to 135.
The Ministry of Health says the latest victim was a 25-year-old woman who died Jan. 25 in the West Java town of Bekasi. She is suspected to have had direct contact with poultry.
The ministry also reported Friday that it has discovered a 3-year-old Jakarta boy infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus who has since recovered.
Bird flu has killed at least 283 people worldwide since it began ravaging poultry stocks in 2003, and Indonesia is the worst-affected country with 163 confirmed infections since 2005. Twenty cases of the illness were recorded last year, of which 19 were fatal.
From the World Health Organization
Avian influenza – Situation in Indonesia
12 February 2010 — The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 25-year-old female from South Jakarta District, DKI Jakarta Province died on 25 January 2010. Laboratory tests were positive for H5N1 virus infection. The case was possibly infected from direct contact with poultry.
Of the 163 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 135 have been fatal.
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