Tobacco Control Act likely to be out by year-end

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Apr 2019

All for health: Dzulkefly (centre top row) officiating the World Health Day celebration at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya. — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: A new law will be introduced by end of the year to cover regulations on all tobacco-related products and no-smoking zones.

“Essentially, the new law will include everything related to eCigarettes, vape and their entire supply chain and the dos and don’ts,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told reporters.The ministry, he said, was now drafting the new law which it hoped to complete by the end of the year before being submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“The law will also entail the penalties to be enforced,” he said.

It is learned that the tentative name of the law is the Tobacco Control Act.

At present, 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.

Speaking to reporters after opening the World Health Day 2019 celebration here yesterday, Dzulkefly said there was no plan by the ministry so far to extend the impending sugar tax on eateries that make and offer 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 the intake of sugary drinks,’’ he said.

The sugar tax, which was delayed in its implementation from April to July, 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.


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