Top Five Medical News Stories From Southeast Asia – 5 January

Indonesia e-cigarettes vaping

We look at the top 5 most popular medical news stories across Southeast Asia this week! 

#1 – Indonesia starts e-cigarettes tax 

Starting January 1, 2024, Indonesia will implement a tax on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) at 10 percent of the current excise rate to discourage vaping, according to Finance Ministry’s spokesperson Deni Surjantoro. The decision is part of a broader health initiative to address concerns raised by the Indonesian Medical Association and the World Health Organization about the risks associated with e-cigarettes. These risks include heart and lung diseases, nicotine addiction, and potential harm to brain development in youths and fetuses. The new tax aligns with the country’s regulations to curb the use of vaping products due to their health implications.

#2 – Doctor punches patient during surgery

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