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Jakarta holds Secondhand Smoke Monitoring Training
Eleven air-monitoring specialists attended the three-day training on the use of passive and active monitoring tools. By Denny Herlambang Slamet and Mariana N. Sam, Swisscontact Indonesia Foundation

Eleven air-monitoring specialists from Palembang, Bogor and Jakarta attended the Secondhand Smoke Monitoring Training held in JW Marriot Hotel from 3 – 5 June 2009. This three-day training was facilitated by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Flight Attendant Medical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the Jakarta’s Environmental Agency (BPLHD).

Participants tried the device in an open area

Two facilitators, Ms. Erika Avila-Tang and Ms. Lisa Hepp from Johns Hopkins demonstrated the use of passive and active monitoring tools. On the last day of the training, participants were given the chance to test the device at a near by office area and hospital.

Air-monitoring specialists attentively participated in the training

The objective of the training was to develop surveillance methods for assessing secondhand smoke in public places in order to support smoke-free policies and reduce passive smoking in Indonesia. Exposures to secondhand smoke have adverse affect for both adults and children. According to a WHO Report in 2008, Indonesia is the third largest cigarettes users after China. Data from the 2004 Socio-Economic Survey indicates the prevalence of smoking for those aged 15 years and over is 34.4% or more than 50 million adults. Furthermore, more than 70% of Indonesian children are exposed to cigarette smoke and bear the risk of various diseases due to cigarette smoke. Another alarming data from the 2005 Socio-Economic Survey indicates that the poor spend about 12.4% of their income to buy cigarettes; hence, burdening the expense of buying nutritional needs for the family.

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