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Poor Indonesians use 70 percent of income on cigarettes JAKARTA - Seventy percent of poor Indonesian's income is spent on cigarettes, according to an investigation released on Wednesday.

The academic research was conducted by Abdillah Ahsan, a researcher from state University of Indonesia's Economics Faculty's Demographic Institute, in which it was concluded that around 70 percent of the poorest households' spending was on cigarettes - the biggest expense, even before food - Antara news agency reported.

Abdillah expressed that these numbers were very concerning, as burdens of the lower economic sectors of the country are greatly multiplied by addiction to tobacco. According to Indonesian law, two percent of the state income is distributed to tobacco producing provinces, which in 2010 reached around Rp 1.1 trillion ($128.7 million).

"The funds will be used to improve the quality of raw materials, develop industry, developing social environment and popularization of excise and illegal excise eradication," said Abdillah. However, only a small percentage of these funds are used for social and environment development, which includes employment creation and health awareness, such as the affects of tobacco.


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Posted in Health @ 28 July 2011 06:19 CET by Blog Bot · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Please explain: How can the "second biggest expense" of a household be set at 70% ???

Lost in translation or in calculation ??



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