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Nation

Hike in cigarette prices won't lead to more smokers turning to illicit cigarettes, says Health Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: While cigarette prices will go up, it will not be so drastic as to make smokers turn to illicit cigarettes to satisfy their addiction, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

On Your Side

A lot of hot air over smoking

If the price increase of cigarettes has a negligible impact, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the no-smoking ban will have.

Nation

Consumer groups laud moves to curb smoking

PETALING JAYA: It’s a big thumbs up from consumer groups to the government’s decision to raise cigarette prices and ban smoking at all open-air restaurants.

Nation

Protect public health policies from vested interests, says council

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control has urged the government to protect public health policies from commercial and other vested interests.

Business

Analysts see BAT earnings weighed down by costlier cigarettes

PETALING JAYA: British American Tobacco (M) Bhd (BAT) could see its earnings weighed down by higher cigarette prices if the quantum of increase results in consumers switching to cheaper alternatives, say analysts.

Nation

Coffee shop operators concerned about their business

PETALING JAYA: Anti-smoking advocates believe increasing cigarette prices will help combat smoking but coffee shop operators are concerned that the move may affect their business.

Business

JT International wants Health Ministry to clarify position on SST

KUALA LUMPUR: JT International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) has called for the Health Ministry to clarify its position in relation to the implementation of SST, claiming that its inaction had resulted in a price war in the market.

Economy

Maybank IB : Inflation rate forecasts for 2018 and 2019 at 1.0%-1.5% and 2.0-2.5% respectively

PETALING JAYA: Maybank IB Research has raised its 2018 and 2019 headline inflation rate forecasts to 1.0%-1.5% and 2.0-2.5% respectively.

Letters

E-cigarettes are less harmful

From HAFIDZ BAHAROM, Petaling Jaya

Living

Human Writes: This nasty habit is killing Malaysian men

Here’s a sobering fact to bear in mind on World No-Tobacco Day on May 31: 43% of Malaysian adult men still smoke.