World Health Organization director general urges Malaysia to regulate e-cigarettes

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tan Desai urged Malaysia to regulate e-cigarettes. This comes after the Malaysian government legally deregulated these nicotine products without any restrictions.
On June 3, according to the Malaysian health website CodeBlue, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tan Desai urged the Malaysian government to regulate e-cigarettes. This comes after the Malaysian government legally deregulated these nicotine products without any restrictions.

 

Speaking at a WHO press conference, Tandezai replied:

“When the tobacco industry introduced e-cigarettes, one of the ideas they tried to instill was that this was part of harm reduction. That’s not really the case.”

Tandse said e-cigarettes are in fact a trap. Kids start using e-cigarettes at the age of 10, 11, or 12, and it seems to them that the product is cool and has different colors, flavors, and, so on. And then they’re hooked for life.

“And most of them will eventually move on to normal cigarettes.”

Tandse noted that recent studies have shown that many minors are starting to make e-cigarettes, and ads for e-cigarette products are popping up inside and near schools.

 

“So it has to be regulated, and it has to be taken seriously.”

According to its National Youth Health Survey 2022 by the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s Institute of Public Health, the percentage of Malaysian secondary school students aged 13 to 17 who currently use e-cigarettes increases from 9.8 percent in 2017 to 14.9 percent in 2022.

 

It was previously reported that the Malaysian government decided to approve an amendment to the Poisons Act 1952 to allow for the legalization of products containing nicotine. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim promised that the Tobacco Products and Smoking Control Bill (“GEG” bill) would be introduced to the lower house of parliament in May to ensure full control of nicotine-containing products.

 

However, the bill has been repeatedly delayed, and according to the latest Malaysian calendar, the Public Health Control of Smoking Products Bill 2023 will soon have its first reading in Parliament. This is the second version of the bill, which failed to be voted on in the previous 14th Parliament.