NusaBali reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika is taking a strong stand on banning smoking in Bali, threatening to close down Inter-Tabac Asia - a major international tobacco product exhibition scheduled in Bali February 27-28, 2014.
The lack of a response from the German operators of Inter-Tabac Asia to a letter written by the Governor has seemingly angered Pastika who told a public meeting on Sunday, February 9, 2014: "We'll close it (the exhibition). How can they be so old as to violate the law?"
The Governor told a meeting held to raise fund for recent natural disasters in Indonesia, that it is well known that smoking is a danger to health and Bali had already passed Provincial Law Number 10 of 2011 on Smoke-Free Zones. Adding, "It not possible that now we have a provincial regulation that we want to break our own rules."
Governor Pastika has written to the organizers of Inter-Tabac Asia, based in Germany, advising his refusal for the exhibition and conference to be held in Bali.
Earlier the deputy-governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, had stated: "We have recommended to the organizers to move the international tobacco exhibition from Bali. We have suggested the event be moved to East Java, Central Java - areas where tobacco is cultivated."
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