MMA welcomes bill to regulate tobacco trade

MMA president Dr Mohd Namazie Ibrahim says the association supports any move by the government to promote a smoke-free environment.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has welcomed the proposed Tobacco Control Act, expected to be introduced by the government by year-end.

Its president Dr Mohd Namazie Ibrahim said Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad had been consistent in his efforts to enforce stricter regulations on tobacco and smoking in public places.

“The introduction of a standalone tobacco Act will indeed demonstrate the government’s seriousness and commitment in regulating the tobacco trade, discouraging the smoking habit and reducing smokers in the country for a healthier Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

Dzulkefly had said earlier today his ministry was drafting a bill to control all tobacco-related products and e-cigarettes and to enforce the no-smoking zone ruling.

He said the bill was expected to be introduced by the end of this year.

Namazie said MMA supported any move by the government to promote a smoke-free environment or any steps taken to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.

“We are pleased to hear that it will be a comprehensive Act that will even cover regulations on related products such as e-cigarettes and vape as well as no-smoking zones,” he said.