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Griya Balur founder Dr. Gretha Zahar told AFP she had treated 60,000 people with tobacco smoke over the past decade.
With a PhD in nanochemistry from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java, Zahar believes that by manipulating the mercury in tobacco smoking can cure all diseases including cancer, and even reverse the ageing process.
According to the World Health Organisation, smoking rates have risen six-fold in Indonesia over the last 40 years. Smoking kills at least 400,000 people every year and another 25,000 die from passive smoking.
Yet Indonesia is the only country in Asia not to have ratified the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which sets policy recommendations and benchmarks for countries concerned about the health impacts of smoking.
Indonesia's biggest cigarette manufacturer, PT HM Sampoerna, is an affiliate of Philip Morris International. British American Tobacco bought Indonesia's fourth largest cigarette maker, PT Bentoel, for $494 million in 2009.
The government reaps about seven billion dollars a year in excise taxes from the industry, which employs scores of thousands of people around Temanggung in Central Java.
Originally posted by hillynilly
reply to post by Amaterasu
while I love ATS,
I do not base my facts on lung cancer, with threads from here...
I like your out-of-the-water sources, but
until you can prove smoking DOES NOT cause lung cancer, I would
appreciate the *smoKinzs is gooDZ 4 U* comments for maybe 14-15 year
olds your trying to convince to (OMG) QUITE!!!!!.
Originally posted by webpirate
reply to post by Miraj
And yes...this part is the most troubling about this. I don't see statistics on the caner rate, but if the smoking rate is going up, I'm sure the cancer rate is..or will.