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Malaysian CAPHRA group says government should differentiate between cigarettes and vape!

2022-09-23

The Malaysian government must distinguish between smoking cigarettes and smoking vapes if it wants to address the smoking epidemic in Malaysia, the Coalition of Asia Pacific Advocates for Tobacco Harm Reduction (CAPHRA) reportedly said on Sept. 5 local time.

 
The Malaysian government is currently reviewing a bill that would ban the smoking of cigarettes and vapes for people born after 2007. The bill is modeled on legislation in New Zealand, which unveiled a plan in December 2021 to phase out the practice of smoking by gradually raising the smoking age until it covers everyone.

 

However, unlike the Malaysian proposal, New Zealand's intergenerational ban would only prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people born in 2009 and after, with people aged 18 and older still able to buy vapes at retail stores under the 2020 rules.


"You can't ban future Malaysian adults from smoking without providing safer, viable alternatives." That's like banning sugary and sugar-free drinks all at once and hoping it will keep people away from sugar," said Samsul Ariffin, president of E-Nebulize Malaysia. If our political leaders are serious about eliminating deadly smoking, Malaysia's End of Generation Act must ban only the purchase of combustible tobacco, not safer nicotine products."

 
Nancy Loucas, CAPHRA's executive coordinator, said New Zealand's encouragement of smoking cessation through the vapes has contributed to a rapid decline in the country's smoking rate. New Zealand's current adult daily smoking rate is 9.4 percent, down from 18 percent in 2006-2007.

 
"Smoking rates in New Zealand have dropped by half in recent years, not because they banned e-nebulized products, but because they embraced it," Nancy Loucas said.


Information source: tabaccoreporter

 

 

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