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Education Program to Prevent Illegal Cigarettes
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Directorate General of Customs and Excise Ministry of Finance - jppn.com

Skalanews - Directorate General of Customs and Excise Ministry of Finance together with a number of cigarette associations to implement illegal cigarette prevention education program and joint campaign titled Stop Illegal Smoking.

Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi said the education program is part of the illegal cigarette eradication and legal process as the number of illegal cigarette trade continues to increase.

"It can not be denied that the illegal cigarette trade continues to increase from year to year, for example if in 2010 there were 6.40 percent, the number of illegal cigarette trade, in 2014 increased to 11.70 percent," said Heru in his statement in Jakarta, Friday (10/11).

Heru said the increase was driven by consumer demand for cheap cigarette products, whereas cigarettes is one of the excise object whose circulation should be supervised and controlled.

He added that the action by customs authorities proved effective in counteracting illegal cigarette circulation, but still needed support from others to improve the effectiveness of supervision of the product.

"It requires the involvement of the cigarette industry in providing solutions, one of them with educational programs and joint campaigns," he said.

Heru explained that the program aims to educate traders and the general public in relation to the prevailing law regulation on excise, the risks that can arise from the illegal cigarette trade, the risks that threaten health, as well as the risks that result in the state's right of state revenue from the excise sector not achieved.

In addition, the campaign titled Stop Illegal Smoking is one form of commitment of industry associations in overcoming the problem of illegal cigarettes in Indonesia.

"The purpose of this campaign is to increase the awareness of Indonesian society against social consequences, as well as the prevailing penalties related to the purchase, sale and ownership of illegal cigarettes," Heru said.

Various associations that follow the program include the Indonesian White Cigarette Producers Association (Gaprindo), the Association of Cigarette Manufacturers Association (Gappri) and the Indonesian Industrial Cigarette Industrial Association (Formation).(ant/Frida Astuti/dbs)