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Amid Healthcare ‘crisis’, Govt Urged To Follow Through Anti-Smoking Bill

A public health pressure group called Galen Centre for Health and Social policy has warned the government of the consequences of not regulating vaping and vape-related products. With the country experiencing a healthcare crisis, the group has urged the government to implement the anti-smoking bill presented by former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

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In a statement, the group said, “The age of those who vape is getting alarming younger, nicotine concentration in Malaysia is exceptionally high and not available in most countries that regulate vape.”

The group said that vape is even cheaper than cigarettes thus making it an even more attractive habit to take up and nicotine addiction is slowly increasing rather than decreasing. According to this Smoking Bill 2022, those born on or after January 1, 2007 cannot purchase or possess cigarettes or vape products.

The main objective behind this bill is to curb the younger generation from taking up bad habits like smoking and to reduce fatalities caused by smoking-related diseases.

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