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Health Minister report government is planning to ban smoking completely for future generations

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reportedly said that the government plans to completely ban smoking for future generations.

According to a report in CodeBlue today, 15 January, Khairy shared his plans for a smoke-free future during his 2022 New Year message to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday, 13 January.

The report stated that the smoking ban in Malaysia will be similar to New Zealand’s smoking ban plan, under which people aged 14 and under in 2027 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes in the country.

In Malaysia, one in five, or 21.3%, of people aged 15 years and older smoke, according to Malaysia’s 2020 report to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

In view of that, Khairy said that he will table a new Tobacco and Smoking Control Act in the upcoming parliament session to replace the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

The current legislation for the control of tobacco products falls under the Food Act 1983.

The CodeBlue report also stated that the new law will not just regulate e-cigarettes and vape products in the country, but will act as a “generation end-game” for smoking in the long run.

“To me, the allocation for this generational end-game must be created to ensure that there comes a time when the new generations in this country will no longer know what a cigarette is,” the report quoted Khairy as saying through a transcript of his speech that was said to have been provided to the press.

Khairy said that our health care system has been burdened with issues resulting from smoking for far too long, and the new law will enable smoking to be phased out in stages until we will be a smoke-free country. However, the Health Minister reportedly did not specify a time frame.

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