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Draft of new Act on tobacco, e-cigarettes to be tabled in Parliament next year

0 month ago, 23-Nov-2021

According to MOH, the new act would enable more comprehensive control to be implemented especially on new emerging smoking products that attract younger smokers. AFP photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 23): The Ministry of Health (MOH) is expected to table the draft of a new act to regulate the use of tobacco and electronic cigarette products in the first session of the Dewan Rakyat sitting next year.

In a written answer postedon theParliament websitetoday, the MOH said that the application to table the draftwas made through the Legal Affairs Division of thePrime Minister’s Department.

“This updated draft will encompass control over all conventional smoking products, namely cigarettes and other tobacco products which are currently under theControlofTobacco Product Regulations 2004 of the Food Act 1983.

“The new act will enable more comprehensive control to be implemented, especially on new emerging smoking products that (not only) attractmore young smokers which alsocan pose healththreats toMalaysians,” according to the MOH.

The ministry was responding to a question fromDatuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh (Pejuang-Sri Gading) on the development of the new act involving the use of tobacco, vape, electronic cigarettes and shisha which should have been tabled last year.

According to the MOH, the draft of the new actwas preparedbased on aCabinet decision made in 2016.

“It was then sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in August 2019 for drafting but was returned to the MOHfollowing several changes in the country’s leadership since 2018,” itsaid.

However, the MOH informed that the Cabinet’slatest decision on the regulation of electronic cigarettes based on a memorandum paper raised by the Ministry of Finance on July 14, 2021, hadbeen obtained.

As such, the MOH has decided to review and make improvements to the draft of the bill to regulate cigarette products so that strict regulation on the matter can be implemented.— Bernama

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