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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that has the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection says despite having a year and a half to prepare the warning photos that are to cover 40 percent of all cigarette packs, most tobacco companies have failed to meet a Tuesday deadline.

Only 409 of the more than 3,300 brands sold in the nation had registered the photos they plan to use on their products as of Monday, according to the Food and Monitoring Agency.

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