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Anti-tobacco, smoking Bill to be tabled in July, says Khairy

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin pose for the cameras during the launch of an anti-smoking programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Seri Putra, Kajang April 25, 2022. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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KAJANG, April 25 — The draft Bill to ban smoking among those born in 2005 and after is in the final stages of review by the Attorney General’s Chambers and is expected to be tabled in Parliament in July, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said several rounds of engagement including with the cigarette industry had been held to gather feedback from all quarters before the Bill was finalised.

He told reporters this after the launch of the Generational End Game Anti Rokok 18 (GEGAR-18) at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Seri Putra here today. Also present was Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Md Jidin.

Khairy said under the proposed act, children born in 2005 and subsequent years are prohibited from smoking and buying or possessing any type of smoking products, including electronic cigarettes or vape products, even after reaching 18 years old.

Apart from this, shopkeepers and cigarette vendors are also not allowed to sell smoking products to those covered by the ban.

Khairy said a study had begun among Form Four and Form Five students throughout the country to gauge their opinions on the matter.

He said the initiative was also aimed at getting students who had never smoked to continue staying away from cigarettes while those who have picked up the habit, to quit smoking.

“Apart from this, we will implement control on advertisements promoting vape products, including in social media,” he said. — Bernama

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