Trade minister severely restricts imports of vape juice, says e-smokers will have to become regular smokers – Coconuts

Although hard numbers are difficult to find, the huge number of vape shops that have popped up across the country over the last few years would seem to indicate that a significant percentage of smokers in Indonesia (which has some of the highest smoking rates in the world) are switching to electronic cigarettes. And while it’s still debatable whether vaping is on the whole healthier than regular cigarettes, there is strong evidence for that being the case.

But the Indonesian government once again seems to be putting economic interests ahead of health interests when it comes to tobacco. Last week, the Trade Ministry has declared that it will be severely restricting the import of e-cigarette liquid (often referred to as vape juice) in Indonesia through a new regulation requiring importers to get recommendations from the Ministry of Health, the Food and Drugs Administration (BPOM), the Ministry of Industry and meeting guidelines set forth by the Indonesian National Standard Board (SNI) before being able to bring any e-cigarette products into the country. 

Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita admitted it would be

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