MMA urges debate on anti-smoking invoice or reinstating nicotine management

The Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) has urged the government to both debate the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 in the present parliamentary session or reinstate nicotine as a managed substance under the Poisons Act 1952. MMA president Dr Muruga Raj Rajathurai expressed considerations over the government’s choice to refer the Bill to the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) for Health, questioning whether the evaluation could be accomplished in time for the present session.
In April, the government removed liquid nicotine, utilized in electronic cigarettes and vape merchandise, from the listing of managed substances under the Poisons Act, permitting for the taxation of those liquids. Dr Muruga emphasised that without the anti-smoking Bill, vape merchandise containing nicotine could be legally and overtly sold to anyone, together with kids.
Straightforward could be irresponsible of the government to disregard this problem and its serious influence on public health, specifically the well being of our younger generation,” Dr Muruga said..

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