The city of Dortmund promotes tobacco trade in Indonesia, where cigarettes can be legitimately sold to children. The city owns the Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH. This company organizes the tobacco trade fair Inter-tabac ASIA, which for the first time is held in Indonesia on February 27th/28th. The city of Dortmund directly promotes the marketing of tobacco in a country where children are not protected from the dangers of smoking.
Therefore we, Yosef Rabindanata Nugraha (22) from Bogor (Indonesia) and Max Vollmer (27) from Dortmund (Germany), want the city of Dortmund to cancel the tobacco trade fair Inter-tabac ASIA.
They got me, Yosef from Indonesia, when I was 12 years old. I was lucky, I finally managed to quit smoking when I was 19. But some of my friends didn't. I don't want my country to be a destination for tobacco industry.
I, Max from Dortmund, am appalled by the irresponsible involvement of my hometown in tobacco business. Up to now the mayor and the city council are not willing to change the situation. They abdicate from their responsibility to instruct the Westhallenhallen to stop the tobacco trade fair in Indonesia immediately. It is so hard to fight global tobacco industry. Now here is an effective option. If many people sign the petition, the city cannot make investments against the will of their citizens,
We appeal to Ullrich Sierau, Mayor of the city of Dortmund and Friedhelm Sohn, chairman of the Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH's supervisory board:
1) Stop the Inter-tabac ASIA in 2014.
2) Make sure that Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH does not organize tobacco trade fairs in any country of the Global South in the future.
3) Dissociate from the tobacco industry in a public statement.
Please support us in making the city of Dortmund revise its actions. Sign our petition to the mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierau and the chairman of the supervisory board of the Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH, Friedhelm Sohn, now. Please pass the link on to your friends and acquaintances: www.change.org/dortmundkills.There is not much time left. Thank you, Yosef and Max.
Max and Yosef get support for their petition from the campaign Dortmund Kills. Dortmund Kills is organized by Forum Rauchfrei ("Forum smokefree"), Deutscher Jugendschutzverband (“German association for youth protection”), Indonesia Bebas Rokok ("Smokefree Indonesia"), Unfairtobacco.org and Stiftung rauchfrei leben ("Foundation smokefree living").
Tobacco industry targets growing markets in low- and middle-income countries, because the number of smokers in high-income countries is decreasing. If the industry succeeds in its efforts, the consequences for the population of these countries will be devastating and the number of deaths is going to rise dramatically.
Indonesia is considered as "tobacco friendly" and as a fast growing market for the tobacco industry. It is one of the few countries in the world where tobacco industry can do almost everything they want. There are virtually no enforceable regulations to protect the population from cigarette companies' efforts to hook them on tobacco. It is not forbidden to sell cigarettes to children. Massive advertising campaigns have led to an increase in smoking prevalence amongst boys aged 13 to 15 to more than 40 percent.
Tobacco consumption is also a poverty issue. In Indonesia more than 40% of the 247 million inhabitants live on less than 1.50 euro a day (45 euro per month). According to WHO, smokers in Indonesia spend on average 28 euro per month on cigarettes. Tobacco consumption has a direct impact on the food situation. Promoting tobacco trade fuels poverty!