MOH moots – for its Control of Smoking Product for Public Health Bill – an indefinite delay of the GEG ban on cigarettes with heating devices (e-cigs/ vape/ heated tobacco), separate from the immediate enforcement of the GEG ban on conventional cigarettes.
MMA urges MPs to prioritise the health of Malaysians by voting in support of the tobacco bill. "We now have the opportunity to save the younger generation and generations to come from the dangers of smoking and vape addiction".
Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, recipient of the Tobacco Control Icon Award 2023, says #WorldNoTobaccoDay 2023 is the darkest in WNTD's history in Malaysia after the liquid nicotine delisting. "Enough of forsaking the health of the rakyat, especially the underaged."
Dr Milton Lum highlights the evidence on the impact of vaping. He says Malaysia is highly unlikely to achieve its tobacco control targets (15% smoking prevalence by 2025, <5% by 2045), with the delisting of liquid nicotine and unregulated e-cigarette use.
At a WHA event in Geneva, CodeBlue EIC Boo Su-Lyn highlighted Malaysia’s delisting of liquid nicotine that allows the legal sale of nicotine vape to minors without any regulations. An international Gallup poll shows most people support health regulations.
According to NHMS Survey 2022, e-cigarette and vape use among Malaysian teens aged 13-17 rose from 9.8% in 2017 to 14.9% in 2022, while cigarette smoking rates in this group dropped from 13.8% to 6.2%. Teen vaping prevalence: 23.3% (male), 6.2% (female).