Smoking in Malaysia

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Smoking in Malaysia was first dealt with in legislation requiring a general warning message on all Malaysian cigarette packaging in 1976. Smoking bans in public places started to be implemented in the 1980s. Selling of cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 has been became forbidden since May 14, 1994. Tobacco advertising was outlawed in 2003; since January 1995, showing cigarette packaging in advertisements had been forbidden, and print media advertising had been restricted to only one page.

Malaysia is ranked 71st in per capita cigarette consumption, with an average of 646 cigarettes smoked per adult annually.

Smoking doubled between the 1970s and 1995.[1]

Smoking is technically banned in hospitals/clinics, airports, public lifts and toilets, air-conditioned restaurants, public transport, government premises, educational institutions, petrol stations, Internet cafes, shopping complexes and private office spaces with central air-conditioning; however, enforcement is an issue and is often very lax, many simply ignore the rule.[2][3]

Starting 1 June 2010, it is an offence to smoke at private office spaces with central air-conditioning. Smokers flouting the ban may be fined up to RM10,000, or two years of imprisonment.[4]

Prevalence[edit]

Out of Malaysia's 29 million population, the number of smokers is estimated to be 9 million or 23 percent.

Illegal cigarettes issue[edit]

Malaysia has now set the minimum price for legitimate cigarettes, which as of 2016, is MYR 10 and must have at least 20 sticks. Illicit cigarettes, however, can be sold at a lower price and can have fewer than 20 sticks in each pack. The number of legal cigarettes has declined due to illicit cigarettes since its peak in 2003. [5]

Trans-Pacific Partnership lobby[edit]

In 2013, Malaysia proposed exempting tobacco from the Trans-Pacific Partnership's trade protections.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.who.int/tobacco/media/en/Malaysia.pdf
  2. ^ "Smoking ban to be extended". The Star. June 17, 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Status Of Tobacco Use And Its Control - Malaysia Report Card
  4. ^ "No more puffing away at work". The Star. June 1, 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Su-Lyn, Boo (30 July 2015). "Illegal smokes spike after price hike". Nation. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.wired.com/2015/10/it-just-got-a-lot-harder-for-big-tobacco-to-defend-itself-trans-pacific-partnership/

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