Fighting Big Tobacco in Indonesia

Mardiyah Chamim has authored a new book “A Giant Pack of Lies,” that describes the marketing and lobbying practices of Indonesia’s powerful tobacco industry, part of an intensifying campaign to control tobacco use in Indonesia. The author compares that nation’s current attitude toward smoking to that of the United States in the 1930s, arguing that the country is decades behind in raising public awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and forcing the industry to take responsibility for its harmful impact on public health. Earlier this year, Vanguard documentary film maker Chrishof Putzel exposed the ways that Indonesian tobacco marketers target children.