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Anti-tobacco campaigners have given their approval to the Indonesian government’s decision to raise tobacco taxes. 

Jakarta announced an increase in tobacco excise by an average of 8.5% on Tuesday, effective next year.

It is hoped that higher taxes, which will boost government revenue, will encourage smokers to quit in a nation where 67% of men aged 15 ormore smoke and about a quarter of boys aged 13 to 15 are also hooked on nicotine.

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