The Cabinet has approved the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill, which contains clauses that prohibit the sake of cigarettes, tobacco and vape products to anyone born after 2005.
Health Ministry Khairy Jamaluddin said this to media, adding that the bill was approved yesterday, and would go for debate in the upcoming Parliamentary session, next Monday.
Under the bill, traders and cigarette vendors will not be allowed to sell smoking products to the people covered by the ban.
If the law is passed, Malaysia will become the first country in the world to enact a tobacco generational endgame legislation.
The minister had previously said that the proposed ban was the next step towards reducing cancer cases and improving cancer treatment access in the country.
According to him further, if nothing was done to overcome the smoking problem in the country, the habit would cost the government RM8 billion to treat lung cancer, heart problems, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by 2030.
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Thu Jul 14 2022
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