According to a report by the Borneo Post Malaysia on the evening of December 14th, the Malaysian Parliament’s upper house has passed the 2023 Public Health Control of Smoking Products Act.
This bill includes the prohibition of selling tobacco and e-cigarette products to individuals under the age of 18, as well as the ban on their purchase and use by this demographic.
The bill mandates the registration of all tobacco and e-cigarette products, while also subjecting e-cigarette vending machines and online sales to regulatory oversight under the legislation.
This bill has passed the second reading in Parliament and has been sent for the third reading, where it will be debated by 22 legislators.
During the conclusion of the debate, Dr. Zukifi Ahmed, the Minister of Health, stated that the exclusion of “Generation Free of Smoking (GFS)” from this bill was a collective decision and shared responsibility made by the government after taking into consideration the legal opinion of the Attorney General.