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Malaysia to introduce law to ban smoking for people born after 2005: Khairy

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will introduce a new law to ban smoking and the possession of tobacco merchandise, together with digital vaporisers, for people born after 2005 as a “Generational End Game” for smoking within the nation, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin stated on Thursday (Feb 17).

He stated that the introduction of the law would assist to cut back publicity to cigarettes and tobacco merchandise for future generations as tobacco use is the main explanation for most cancers, contributing to 22 per cent of most cancers deaths.

“If you are 17 years old and Parliament passed the Act, you will never (be) able to buy cigarettes in this country ever again,” he stated through the digital launch of the ministry’s Cancer Day.

Khairy had beforehand spoken of the law in an handle to Health Ministry employees in Putrajaya on Jan 13.

“One of the top causes, or top root causes of death, is smoking … but for too long we have not looked at this from the legal aspect,” he stated.

He additionally raised the prospect of introducing the law throughout an handle at a World Health Organization assembly in Geneva final month.

“Malaysia would like to highlight the negative impact of tobacco on (non-communicable diseases), which is well known,” he stated.

“We … hope to move a laws this yr which, if profitable, will deliver a few ‘Generation End Game’ to smoking by making it unlawful for the sale of tobacco and different smoking merchandise to anybody born after 2005.

“Malaysia feels this will have a significant impact in preventing and controlling (non-communicable diseases).”

On Thursday, Khairy stated that most cancers circumstances in Malaysia had elevated by 11 per cent to 115,238 for the interval from 2012 to 2016, in contrast to 103,507 circumstances recorded from 2007 to 2011.

It is estimated that one in 10 males and one in 9 girls are prone to getting most cancers, he stated.

The three most typical kinds of most cancers amongst males in Malaysia are colorectal most cancers (16.9 per cent), lung most cancers (14.8 per cent) and prostate most cancers (8.1 per cent), and amongst girls, breast most cancers (33.9 per cent), colorectal most cancers (10.7 per cent) and cervical most cancers (6.2 per cent).

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