Rizanna Rosemary and Ratri Ciptaningtyas examine an important factor rarely acknowledged as contributing to high rates of stunting in Indonesia – smoking.

Activists were hoping that smoking and cigarettes would be discussed during the vice presidential debate earlier this month. Dr Elisabeth Kramer writes that while the vice presidential candidates were silent on the issue, both presidential candidate teams have indicated they do have plans for tobacco control.

What are the drivers and impacts of high smoking prevalence in Indonesia? What steps could the government take to control tobacco, and what arguments are made within Indonesia for and against these measures? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Abdillah Ahsan, from the University of Indonesia, in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

The recent death of a 27-year-old from laryngeal cancer has highlighted the problem of youth smoking in Indonesia. As Ayu Swandewi writes, the government has much work to do to address the aggressive targeting of young people by tobacco companies.