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Malaysia Needs Tobacco-Free Generations – Malaysian Thoracic Society

Normalisation of a non-smoking culture amongst our youth creates a greater and more long-lasting impact of these measures. Following its second reading in Parliament, the Control of Tobacco Product and Smoking Bill 2022 is due for review by the Special Parliamentary Select Committee at its first meeting on August 19, 2022. The Malaysian Thoracic Society supports...

Survey calls for government to regulate tobacco alternatives differently

EARLIER this year, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin proposed the Generation End Game (GEG) plan, which would ban tobacco and smoking products for those born in 2005 and after. Just this week, he said that the government had decided to push the limit to 2007, allowing two more years for "community education, a robust implementation plan...

Tobacco generational endgame revised to those born after 2007 [Updated]

KUALA LUMPUR: The tobacco generational endgame (GEG) law will apply to those born after 2007, and not 2005. Initially, the GEG, otherwise known as the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill, contained a clause to ban smoking and prohibit the ownership of tobacco and vape products by those born after 2005. However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said...

Vape industry wants government to differentiate vape and tobacco regulations

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — Ahead of the Ministry of Health's (MoH) plan to introduce a new policy which will affect the vape industry in Malaysia, four industry associations submitted a memorandum yesterday to urge the government to consider its future when developing regulations. The associations represent more than 3,000 entrepreneurs and businesses, as well...

Govt to table Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill this month

The tabling of the Bill will be the best move to ban access to tobacco and nicotine by Malaysian youth and future generations, minister says. The Ministry of Health (MoH) is expecting to table the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill in the next session of the Dewan Rakyat starting 18 July. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu...

Mixed sentiments towards smoking ‘end game’

ACCORDING to Malaysia's 2020 report to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an estimated 4.8 million people in Malaysia currently smoke. To put things into perspective, 21.3 per cent of those aged 15 and above are smokers. That makes up one in five Malaysians. The 2019 National Health and Morbidity survey also showed that more...

We’re looking into tobacco product display ban

Malaysia is studying the viability of imposing a tobacco product display ban as part of the country’s “generational endgame” strategy to end the smoking habit. If implemented, shopkeepers might not be able to display tobacco products in their premises – a move that has been implemented in many countries such as Australia, Singapore and Britain. Health...

An alternate approach needed to phase out cigarettes in Malaysia

ON January 27, 2022, the Health Ministry announced plans to ban tobacco and other smoking products for those born after 2005. Further clarification revealed that the proposed ban would also cover vape and vaping products. In a recent survey by the Retail and Trade Brand Advocacy Malaysia Chapter (RTBA Malaysia), the vast majority of respondents felt...

Malaysia To Ban Cigarettes For Anyone Born After 2005

Malaysians aged 17 today will not be able to legally buy tobacco next year when they turn 18, or ever in their lifetime. KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 – The government plans to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to people born after 2005 in a bid to outlaw smoking for the next generation. This...

Reward smokers who want to quit, not punish them with taxes

The current debate on tobacco harm reduction in Malaysia is unbalanced, with far too great an emphasis on taxation and the state’s role in dictating the health of its citizens. In a paper published recently by the Property Rights Alliance (International Best Practices for Tobacco and Nicotine Public Policy), which we co-authored with three Malaysian...