The aim is to make Malaysia completely smoke-free

THE Malaysian government’s plan to ban smoking for individuals born after 2007 in a “generational endgame” through the Control of Tobacco Products and Smoking Bill has much to commend it despite vociferous arguments from some people, especially tobacco manufacturers and retailers.

As we know, smoking does not only have repercussions for smokers but also for people exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoking can cause various serious diseases that can lead to death, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to the World Health Organisation, smoking kills more than eight million people every year, which really should set alarm bells ringing loudly among those who doubt the urgent need to stop this habit.

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