KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 – The federal government plans to outlaw smoking for future generations in Malaysia, much like New Zealand’s latest transfer in banning the sale of tobacco to anybody born after 2008.
Well being Minister Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned he’ll desk a brand new Tobacco and Smoking Management Act within the upcoming Parliament assembly to interchange present tobacco product management legislations beneath the Meals Act 1983.
This new legislation is not going to simply regulate e-cigarettes and vape merchandise, but additionally implement what Khairy described as a “generation end-game” for smoking within the nation in the long term.
“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,” Khairy mentioned in his 2022 New Yr message to the Ministry of Well being (MOH) Thursday, in accordance with a transcript of his speech offered to the press.
“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.”
New Zealand plans to ban the sale of cigarettes or tobacco merchandise to anybody born after 2008 in a legislation anticipated to be enacted this 12 months.
New Zealand’s proposal, beginning in 2027, will progressively elevate the authorized smoking age from 18 yearly, permitting present people who smoke to proceed to purchase cigarettes however successfully making tobacco merchandise unavailable to everybody born after 2008.
The Guardian reported New Zealand’s affiliate well being minister Dr Ayesha Verrall as saying final month that this implies individuals at present aged 14 and beneath won’t ever be capable of legally purchase cigarettes of their lifetime.
Singapore is reportedly finding out New Zealand’s cohort smoking ban.
In his speech to MOH workers, Khairy didn’t specify when the proposed smoking ban would come into impact or the 12 months of beginning for individuals who could be perpetually prohibited from shopping for cigarettes and tobacco merchandise.
If Parliament approves the proposed laws, Malaysia would have among the many world’s hardest anti-smoking legal guidelines.
In line with Malaysia’s 2020 report back to the World Well being Group’s Framework Conference on Tobacco Management (FCTC), about one in 5, or 21.3 per cent, of individuals aged 15 years and older in Malaysia smoke.
Smoking is especially a male drawback, with 40.5 per cent of males aged 15 years and above smoking and just one.2 per cent amongst ladies.
Smoking prevalence is 24 per cent in males aged 15 to 19 and greater than 40 per cent in older males. The very best smoking charges are in younger males aged 30 to 34, the place practically half, or 49 per cent, mild up.