Cigarettes manufacturers seemed to have very strong influence on the government that efforts to impose a total ban on cigarette advertisements and sponsorship will surely fail.
The Jakarta Globe reported that the Health Ministry has announced on Friday that clauses regarding total ban on cigarette advertisement and sponsorship have to be deleted from the draft of implementation regulation of the Health Law of 2009.
The head of the Ministry's Legal Bureau i.e. Budi Sampurno, was quoted as saying that after considering the importance of many sectors, the Ministry have decided not to ban cigarette ads and sponsorship, but would only control it.
Budi said the planned ban was hampered by two existing laws i.e the Press Law and the Broadcasting Law which allowed advertising as long as cigarettes or their packaging were not shown on television.
I am not surprised about this report, how about you ?