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Jakarta celebrates “No Tobacco Day”
250 volunteers join the celebration of No Tobacco Day in Jakarta. By Denny Herlambang Slamet, Swisscontact Indonesia Foundation

The city celebrates its 482nd birthday with a series of clean air events that includes Car Free Day, which held the No Tobacco Day rally. 250 volunteers gathered in Bunderan HI, Central Jakarta, to commemorate World No Tobacco Day on 31st May 2009. The event was opened by a speech from the Governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, "My high appreciation goes to those who had stopped smoking as well asked others to stop. This will make Jakarta much cleaner and healthier to breath. 15 associations signed a letter of support for the implementation of Bylaw No. 2/2005 on banning smoking in public places. The association includes ORGANDA (Organization of Public Transport Operators), PHRI (Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association), APPBI (Indonesian Shopping Centers Association), the Indonesian Teacher’s Association (PGRI), religious communities such as the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), The Indonesian Buddhist Association ( Walubi), the Communion of Indonesian Churches ( PGI) and the Parisadha Hindu Council ( PHDI).

Governor Fauzi Bowo signed a letter of support for the implementation of banning smoking in public places.

Other activities include "hunting down" smokers to politely ask "captured smokers" to put off their cigarettes. Volunteers successfully caught 110 smokers. To show sign of support, ORGANDA (Organization of Public Transport Operators), placed at least 2,000 "No Smoking" stickers in public transportation vehicle around Jakarta.

No Smoking Please!

Not far from the event, the National Commission on Tobacco Control also organized activities including a rally of more than 1,000 anti tobacco students displaying unique smoking ban banners.

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