Malaysian government officials said the government would ban the sale of tobacco and other smoking products to anyone born after 2005 to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“We, like some other WPRO (WHO Western Pacific region) countries, hope to pass legislation this year which will bring about a generation end game to smoking by making it illegal for the sale of tobacco and other smoking products to anyone born after 2005. Malaysia feels this will have a significant impact in preventing and controlling NCDs,” Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Wednesday.
Earlier, Khairy indicated that his ministry would be introducing a new tobacco and smoking control bill in the upcoming parliamentary session to replace the current tobacco product control legislation under the Food Act 1983.
Last month, New Zealand similarly announced its intention to ban the sale of tobacco to anyone born after 2008, under a new law expected to be passed this year.
According to news reports, some 27,000 people in Malaysia were killed by health problems associated with the consumption of tobacco products.
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