PUTRAJAYA: A new law understood to be the Tobacco Control Act will be introduced by the end of the year, covering regulations on all tobacco related products.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the ministry is in the progress of drafting the new law to also include regulations on no-smoking zones.
"We hope that it will be completed by the end of the year before being submitted to the Attorney General's Chamber.
"Essentially, the new law will include everything related to e-cigarettes, vape, their entire supply chain and the dos and don'ts.
"The law will also entail the penalties enforced," Dr Dzulkefly told the press after opening the World Health Day 2019 celebration at the ministry building Monday (April 8).
Also present at the event were head of mission and World Health Organisation representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Dr Lo Ying-Ru Jacqueline, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor
Hisham Abdullah, deputy directors-general Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong and Datuk Dr Christopher Lee, and secretary-general Datuk Dr Chen Chaw Min.
At present, the laws to control tobacco products fall under the Food Act, while the Poisons Act governs vape products containing nicotine.
The new law will streamline control and enforcement on all tobacco related products, including no-smoking zones.
Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry has no plans to extend the impending sugar tax on eateries that sell sugary beverages, such as teh tarik to patrons.
''We may study the possibility but there is no such plan at the moment.
''For now, it is better we emphasise on public education to reduce intake of sugary drinks,'' he said.
The sugar tax, which was delayed in its implementation from April to July this year, will see an excise tax of 40 sen per litre on sweetened beverages with more than 5g of sugar or sugar-based sweetener per 100ml.
This includes carbonated drinks, as well as flavoured and other non-alcoholic beverages.
The tax will also be imposed on juice or vegetable-based drinks with over 12g of sugar per 100ml.