Why are Children Smoking in Indonesia From the Age of 2?
In the Republic of Indonesia, children as young as four are already addicted to smoking and part of this habit is the media that doesn’t inform the people about the danger of addiction or smoking-related health risks. Some children can even smoke multiple packs of cigarettes a day, which is too much even for an adult.
Much of the Indonesia’s economic livelihood depends on this industry, tobacco bringing a considerable amount of quick financial success to local tobacco farmers: 67% of Indonesian males smoke on a regular basis, this percentage including the smallest ones that haven’t even made it to school yet.
According to a research developed by the University of Indonesia School of Economics’ Demographics Institute, 426,000 of Indonesian children between the ages of 10-14 are smokers.
The explanation about this worrying situation that isn’t stopped by the Indonesian government is hallucinating. They won’t regulate the use of these products because in the short term the large youth smoking populations will raise tobacco profits. But, they are not aware of the fact that not taking any action will be detrimental to this demographic and to Indonesia’s future, because these people’s output will be affected and they will may not be able to contribute to the country’s economy.