And the World’s Top Smokers Are…

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A man smokes a cigarette on Sept. 11, 2012 in Indonesia, where two out of three men smoke.

Is it getting hard to breathe in here?

According to a new survey, Indonesian men smoke more than anyone else in the world. Nearly 70% of of all Indonesian males over age 15 light up cigarettes, a slight increase from 67% last year and a big jump from roughly 54% in 1995. Meanwhile, the overall rate of tobacco use among Indonesia’s adult population hit 35% — right behind Russia, which has the world’s highest overall smoking rate of 39%.

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More than 8,000 people were questioned for the “Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS): Indonesia Report 2011″, part of a series of surveys taken in 15 countries with heavy tobacco use. Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi reportedly said the government was embarrassed to hear of the findings. “We have failed in protecting our people,” she said. “We have been defeated by the tobacco industry… we don’t want this, we cannot accept this because our job is to protect people from cigarettes.”

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Cigarettes are relatively cheap in Indonesia, and tobacco taxes run less than 40%, according to the Associated Press — about average for the region. Thanks to the powerful tobacco lobby, giant outdoor cigarette advertisements — banned in many other countries — still remain prevalent throughout Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation, also the world’s fifth-largest cigarette-producing market, is among a handful of countries that have failed to sign the World Health Organization’s 2005 tobacco treaty.

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53 comments
wehrmann
wehrmann

This is the sad results of the tobacco companies preying on unsuspecting, undeducated people.  Fortunately there is a lot of good information on the web.  Whyquit.com is a good site and so is http://quitsmokingwithoutpain.blogspot.com

oystercatcher
oystercatcher

Cigarette smokers are the worst slobs.  Anywhere smokers congregate, 

just look down at the ground to see all the cigarette butts.

Raise taxes on cigarettes to pay for the cleanup.

schwing2012
schwing2012

I don't care if people smoke as long it is not in a public places. That should not happen, non smokers should not have to intake smoke if they do not want. And by the way, why do all smokes think the world is their ash tray. Man it is not fun pulling up to a red light looking over and seeing the countless cigarette butts. Man I hate that so much...every time I'm driving behind a smoker and see that lit butt go flying out the window....rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

THX1953
THX1953

You can enjoy your life (smoking or not) or you can sit around wringing your hands wondering what is going to happen to you,  make you ill,  harm you, whatever.

Either way you are going to die eventually, and if you think laying around with tubes coming out of you everywhere is never going to happen if you never get a wiff of cigarette smoke then you are sadly mistaken.

Mason Meltzer
Mason Meltzer

i smoked for 20 years. 3 failed attempts to quit, then finally quit over 5 years ago. I still have an occasional cigar. People are allowed to smoke as long as the second hand smoke doesn't effect anyone else.

Nancy
Nancy

So where are the world's top smokers....all I see is Indonesia and Russia, that's it, no top 10? Where does the US fall?

PATRICK CHEWING
PATRICK CHEWING

Why pot stays illegal

 

Chris Sorochin
Chris Sorochin

For  the same reasons all these people hate tobacco:  fear, ignorance and corrupted "science".

BackyardBirder
BackyardBirder

Carbon monoxide expels carcinogens (cancer causing agents) also. The duration and exposure (risk) to carbon monoxide is far greater than any cigarette smoke. So you have a higher risk of getting cancer from your vehicles and other fossil fuel uses than you do from any smoker. But I'm pretty sure that since that is your (most everyone’s) vice you will rationalize that risk away and think.. it won't happen to me...or my kids. Also obesity causes over 40 billion dollars in health care cost in America alone. Therefore if we follow the standard we should tax obese people also. I noticed they didn't list their cancer rates for Indonesia either. But people like to pick on the minorities.

David Miller
David Miller

I quit smoking, 2 packs a day, cold turkey folks.  People smoke because there drug addicts, addicted to nicotine, enslaved to there master. Smoking is not freedom but enslavement to a powerful drug that will cut your life short and rob you of your health and guess what, you get to pay for it all.  Cigarettes are an evil concoction devised by the devil and smoking is like giving the devil a blowjob and then paying him for it!!!!

I'm right folks,  so all you smokers- down on your knee's and suck.

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@David Miller 

speaking of things that were devised your belief in a 'Devil' rests upon the musings of an ancient goat herder...Go figure

MelloRed
MelloRed

 I would quit smoking if I didn't think I would become one of you ;)

Chris Sorochin
Chris Sorochin

Right?  I'll take the weakest-willed most addicted chain smoker over one of these arrogant, self-righteous, intolerant bedwetters any day. 

David Miller
David Miller

 I speak the truth and it's ugly.

Ladyhawk77429
Ladyhawk77429

David and all the rest of you that are against smokers...  Forcing your rules on everyone is anti-American.  Leave the smokers and overeaters and who ever else does not fit into your perfect mold alone.  Everyone needs to keep their nose in their own business and quit being bullies !

Chad_of_photoreward
Chad_of_photoreward

Want to quit smoking I did it and it was hard. Whyquit.com helped me a lot . Never take anohter puff . Cold Turkey is the only way you can do it. I never thought I could quit.  Nicotine is stonger than Heroin the Doctors tell me. Canada Makes 8.5 billon dollars off of  smokers and does little or nothing to help people get off smoking . The tax money is just to good for them to do anything to stop people from smoking .

TonyXL
TonyXL

In a related story, Indonesian men were found to be coolest looking.

Dan O'Hare
Dan O'Hare

I smoked a pack a day for 12 years, and  quit by using e-cigs. Best thing I've ever done... but I support the freedom to use tobacco. Personal decisions are better than government rules.

NStat
NStat

its partially a matter of public health, I dont enjoy walking through a cloud of smoke every time I try and use the school library 

Dontyou Worryboutit
Dontyou Worryboutit

Then stay home cry baby!

mr_john_jones
mr_john_jones

Why should stay home if you don't want to? Smokers should be the one to stay home if they wanted to smoke! Smokers will die early and wasted their money on useless thing anyway!

NoFoolJule
NoFoolJule

 Are you still using the e-cigs as most people seem to be? I have recently quit - using an e-cig but as little as possible, it really seems to be working.

Asiansomething
Asiansomething

scholarship and sports here are funded by the tobacco giants, too bad for education

Yosua Yanuar Satriyo
Yosua Yanuar Satriyo

In Indonesia:

1. Lack of regulation and it's implementation.

2. There are two main wrong perspective and situation: smoking doesn't affect health and seller doesn't distribute cigarettes to children.

3. Taxation from cigarette has significant contribution for government income.

4. There is no evidence of government's attempt to substitute tobacco as one of primary crops of our farmers.

Claudia Hutagalung
Claudia Hutagalung

Yes. And a lot of people's jobs are at stake here in the tobacco industry. But if the government has the *willingness* to build a healthier nation, I'm sure they can set up a plan of reducing production amp; consumption of tobacco without turning hundreds of people into unemployment.

Chris Sorochin
Chris Sorochin

It's really not the government's business to "build a healtheir nation." 

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

Hey to all douchebag out there. You defend the rights of LGBT to exist and fornicating but when it comes to smokers you all cursing on their behaviour.

Smoking is also a choice . So STFU and leave the smokers alone you hypocrites. 

JP_in_AZ
JP_in_AZ

I defend your right to make that choice.  As well as my right to look down my nose at you for making such a stupid choice.

quotescompany
quotescompany

You have the freedom to want to slowly kill yourself, but smoking also slowly kills the kid sitting right next to you. Do you think that's fair?

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

What??? There are already rules to forbid smokers to smoke at public palces , so if the kid is right next to the smoker than: a) the kid wants to smoke or b) the parents are negligent to let him/her near a smoker. 

Active
Active

Considering everything else, toxic fumes from your car, the coal burned to create your electricity, the chemicals leaching into your water like pesticides and herbicides used in farming for your food, which by the way, we are using Americans a guinea pigs with all the hormones and antibiotics we pump into our meats, you should consider how much you effect the people around you before attacking someone's freedoms. 

IndigoWizard
IndigoWizard

Really quite simple:  LGBT people do not kill like tobacco.  Second hand smoke IS toxic.  Nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals know to man.  So, is smoking a choice, or is it a commercial addiction?  Finally, I do not have the need to resort to vile name calling.    

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

LGBT can kill if they are infected with diseases especially AIDS , the same with straight sex. Hell, some of LGBT can kill others because of jealoussy that's the case happened in my country. 

Choo Sumitomo
Choo Sumitomo

Idiots, smokers make other people life in vain. My friend cousin die just because he live in place with a lot of smokers. The effect of PASSIVE smokers is really dangerous. If you wanna to eat poison (cigarette) at least eat it yourself, don't drag those random people and family nearby.

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

Are you sure your cousin died because of smokes from the cigaretes? We lived in a world full of chemicals, and air pollution. 

What you ate, drink and breathe may not as clean as you think. 

Muhammad Adri Harimansyah
Muhammad Adri Harimansyah

I assume that you're Indonesian from your perverted nickname...

I am also an Indonesian, a heavy smokers (3 packs a day), yet I agree that cigarette is deadly for us smokers and mostly to all the second hand smokers.

When you said that we lived in a world full of chemicals and air pollution, yes it's true. But the real question is, do we want that things happen? Do you want that things happen?

When you said that some fast food companies create some junk foods, do we want to eat that things? Do you want to eat that things?

When you said that raping is different than smoking because we don't "chain" the victim, do we ask them first for their permission? Do you ask them first for their permission?

When you said that you don't believe smoking can't reduce your sperm, do we count our sperm after repeately smoke? Do you count your own sperm after repeately smoke?

When you said that a child wants to get some cigarette by interact near a smoker, do we sure about that claim? Do you sure about that claim?

When you said that the goverment is weak because they can't stop the production of cigarette, do we forced them to stop as a citizen? Do you forced them to stop as a citizen?

I, as a heavy smoker, judge myself first before doing some bad manners to the others, like smoking in the public area. Yes, it is our rights to do smoking, but you must realize that it's their rights not to inhale your smokes too. If I don't think first before doing somethings, I would be the ignorance one. It's very unwise.

Please don't use "red herring fallacies" when you're going to argue, because it's stupid if you know that you're smart enough.

If you're asking me why I can't stop smoking if that thing is dangerous to the others, the answer is simple, because smoking is delicious, just like drinking alcohol. I never forced someone to be a smoker, but I forced them to be a smart and wise smoker first before they doing that! How about you, do you have a courage to do that too? :)

NStat
NStat

cleaner than second hand smoke

Fajar
Fajar

LGBT people does not have their fun at other people expense. Saying smoking is a choice is like saying rape is a choice. 

redrum01
redrum01

 How is smoking not a choice? Please explain, are people forcibly held down amp; lit cigarettes put in their mouths?

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

Retard. In rape the victim surely can't get away. In case of smoking, the so called "victim"  have a choice to go away , it's not like the smoker chain the "victim" right next to him/her. 

Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson

 Tell that to your idol Obama.

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@Kountolku Kecil 

You know exactly how regarding sperm or your are stupid.... a spoonful of semen has a damn large number of sperm and all it takes is one and some ova ... Second if your screw a bunch kids will result.

TheAFG
TheAFG

Kountolku,

-First, I'm glad I taught you a new word-- "bigot"-- but please learn to use it correctly.

-Second, I'm not going to argue against someone who uses circular logic and conspiracy theories for their arguments

Kountolku Kecil
Kountolku Kecil

The whole anti smoking is forced by Americans and Europeans who think highly of them. Who invented junk food that cause obesity and diabetes? You all know the answer.

Telling smokers in Indonesia to stop smoking is the same as telling USA residents to stop supersize their McDonalds. Neither of them want to stop. 

To AFG and other bigots, I don't smoke for more than a year but I respect the rights of smokers. I agree with limiting smokers area but I hate  you bigots who forbade smoking.

The scientist said that sperm count reduced by chemicals contained in the cigar but still Indonesia people have lots of kids every day, month and year, they have more than 220 million . How's that?

TheAFG
TheAFG

Kountolku, you're a bigot. I'm assuming you do smoke, this is a good thing--cigarettes reduce sperm count and life expectancy. "According to who?" Scientists, oh that's right you don't believe in that. How about this, Indonesia is mostly Muslim; you wouldn't want to do anything those terrorists do, would you?

Joe, how does that even make sense? Is this really all conservatives can do? Turn every single issue about Obama. This just furthers the left's argument that the right is full of close-minded uninformed individuals that prefer spewing hate than trying to fix anything.  

To both of you, keep your childish comments to yourself.

JohnOBX
JohnOBX

Light up, fools.  More of the world left for the rest of us.