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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • IRAN SPENDS GOVERNMENT MONEY ON CIGARETTES, USES OVER 2 TONS OF DRUGS DAILY

  • The Islamic Republic spent government money meant for essential medical supplies on cigarette imports, while Iranians use over two metric tons of narcotic drugs daily, Radio Farda reported.

    The “official” exchange rate of the Iranian rial is subsidized by the Islamic Republic at a rate far above the open market rate, according to Al-Jazeera. The official rate is 42,000 rials to every $1 and is only used to import essential goods. The open market rate stood at about 130,000 rials per dollar in the beginning of July.

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.