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Malaysia Wants To Make Smoking Illegal For People Born After 2005

Malaysia Wants To Make Smoking Illegal For People Born After 2005

Khairy cited the negative the impact of tobacco on NCDs as the motivating factor.

Hakim Hassan

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Malaysia is pushing for legislation to make it illegal for Malaysians born after 2005 to buy tobacco, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He mentioned the government’s intentions during the World Health Organisation’s Executive Board meeting, saying that it will bring an endgame to generational smoking.

Malaysia would like to highlight the negative impact of tobacco on NCDs (non-communicable diseases) which is well-known. We, like some other WIPO countries hope to pass a legislation, which, if successful, will bring about a generation endgame to smoking by making it illegal for the sale of tobacco and other smoking products to anyone born after 2005.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

He has mentioned previously that he will table a new Tobacco and Smoking Control Act during the next Parliament session to replace current tobacco product control legislation, based on reports from CodeBlue.

For too long, our health care system has been burdened with health care issues resulting from smoking. This allocation will enable smoking to be phased out in stages until one day in future, Malaysia will be a smoke-free country.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

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