A Cigarette Addict Summons Tobacco Companies, Demands up to One Trillion

By | March 12, 2018 Leave a Comment
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A cigarette addict in Indonesia has demanded two tobacco companies pay more than one trillion rupiah ($75 million) in compensation for losses suffered from cigarette addiction over the years.

Quoting from Kontan.co.id on Friday, Rohayani (50) sent a summons to two national tobacco companies, PT Gudang Garam Tbk and PT Djarum, in mid-February.

Rohayani will be accompanied by two senior lawyers Todung Mulya Lubis and Azas Nainggolan from Solidarity Public Advocate for Tobacco Control Indonesia.

"We filed a complaint against Djarum and Gudang Garam as business company producing and distributing cigarettes consumed by our clients from 1975 to 2000 so that he was addicted and decreased quality of life," Lubis said during a press conference in Jakarta.

To Gudang Garam, Rohayani demanded Rp 178,074,000 for the money he spent to buy cigarettes, as well as compensation worth Rp 500 billion.

Meanwhile, PT Djarum Tbk is required to pay Rp 293.068.000, plus compensation of Rp 500 billion. Total demand reached more than Rp 1 trillion.

In addition, Rohayati will also demand health care costs, which will now be counted.

Tigor said it will wait for compensation payments for up to seven days.

"If the demands are not enforced, there is a possibility we will bring the case into the law," he said.

While smoking is decreasing across the world, it is actually increasing in Indonesia. It is estimated that 200,000 people die annually from the effects of smoking.

Ironically, some owner of tobacco companies are wealthy businessman who have a wealth of millions of dollars and occupy the position of the richest people in the country, based on Forbes list.
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