Bringing lessons from Indonesia to the world

Ruth Malone, Editor in Chief

Indonesia is one of the world’s most difficult places to do tobacco control, with a strong tobacco industry presence and a lot of political resistance from tobacco growers and their allies. Huge tobacco billboards are everywhere in the city of Jakarta. Yet, as we discovered on a recent visit, tobacco control advocates and researchers there are doing great work of global importance.

Commissioning editor for Low and Middle Income Countries Simon Chapman and I conducted a workshop in Jakarta aimed at encouraging more publications from low and middle income countries and enthusiasm ran high. Hosted by the Faculty of Public Health at University of Jakarta and coordinated by Mary Assunta, Director, International Tobacco Control Project, Cancer Council Australia, the workshop focused on bringing great ideas to fruition as journal articles, so that lessons learned in Indonesia can help other countries faced with similar political challenges.

The Indonesian workshop participants.

  • Mary Assunta

    Dear Editor,
    I want to say thank you for conducting this capacity building effort in Indonesia. It was a privilege to have been a part of this important workshop. The participants benefited tremendously. I would like to acknowledge the key role played by Rita Damayanti from the Center for Health Research at the Faculty of Public Health who took charge of all arrangements and ensured suitable participants attended. Once again, a big thank you.
    Mary Assunta

  • May I suggest that you open on the side of the blog a column listing the most recent posts?
    Having an index listing all the posts is also useful. It is not a problem now, with only 2 posts but when there are hundreds…
    You could also have a list of links to other tobacco control blogs?

  • Tobacco has really become a “poverty addiction”. The less educated, oppressed people of the world get hooked at young ages as the smoking culture is passed down generation to generation.

    Education is the key to break that cycle. Good to see programs like this in force. Good luck!