Indonesia is set to ban the sales of single cigarette sticks next year. President Joko Widodo confirmed the ban, saying that it aims to further safeguard the health of the Indonesian public.
Sales of single sticks of cigarettes are common practice in Indonesia, especially in roadside stalls known as warungs. However, starting from 2023 this will no longer be allowed.
Plans for the ban were previously revealed in the draft program of government regulations for 2023 in which the single-stick cigarette sales ban was one of the seven main points of the draft.
This is part of the Indonesian Government's overall push to reduce active smoking in Indonesia. Previously the government announced that they will raise taxes on cigarettes by a further 10 percent in 2023.