Press On With GEG To Save Lives – MMA

Saving lives is the right thing to do, MMA tells the Ministry of Health.

Protecting the health of the population and saving lives is the right thing to do. Therefore the Ministry of Health (MOH) should press on with its plans to implement the Generational End Game (GEG).

Many have spoken and given their support for this move, which, if implemented, will give untold relief to the health care system in the years to come. 

We understand that certain industry groups may be unhappy about the move, but we believe it is time that Malaysians prioritise health and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Amidst claims of economic losses to the industry, one needs to understand that this is not about an immediate banning of smoking and vaping, but about sparing future generations from the scourge caused by such practices.

The country will gain economically by not having to bear the burden of people being afflicted with diseases associated with tobacco use and EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping product use-Associated Lung Injury).

The whole idea behind GEG is to prevent addictions to these products. Addiction is a disease that is extremely difficult to treat, and we in the medical profession believe that prevention is the best method.

We need to prevent early addiction by not allowing our young to pick up this unhealthy habit. We all know and can see for ourselves that kids even as young as 14 years old are experimenting with cigarettes and vaping products.

By the time they hit their twenties, they could very well be addicted, if not already so while in their teens. 

Even with the ban of sale of cigarettes to those 18 and below, we were not able to prevent new generations from smoking. With proper implementation, enforcement and public support, we believe GEG will be effective in curbing a future of smokers and vapers. 

We wish to say to the public that if you are a parent and want the best for your children, support GEG.

Treatment of serious illnesses caused by smoking or vaping will cause immense despair to the families concerned. It brings about unnecessary emotional and economical upheavals to families.

To all MPs, don’t let the majority down. We believe, after going through two years of the pandemic, most Malaysians would agree, attaining and maintaining good health is of vital importance. Protect your health by supporting GEG. It can and will save lives.

Dr Koh Kar Chai is the president of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

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