KOTA KINABALU – Well being Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa requested all events to assist efforts to make sure that the Management of Smoking Product for Public Heath Invoice 2023 could be tabled in Parliament at its subsequent sitting.
She mentioned the difficulty must be taken severely because of the smoking behavior, particularly the rising use of digital cigarettes and vaping, contributing to the rise within the burden of illnesses within the nation.
“The Ministry of Well being has tried to deliver the Management of Smoking Product for Public Well being Invoice 2023 to Parliament. It’s hoped that via this legislative measure, a technology of younger Malaysians can be free from any type of smoking habits often known as the Generational Endgame involving youngsters born on Jan 1, 2007 onwards.
“Tobacco management measures which can be carried out require assist from all ranges of society. People who smoke or their relations and pals ought to take this chance to indicate their love by getting assist from smoking cessation programmes,” she mentioned.
She mentioned this within the textual content of her speech which was learn out by her deputy, Lukanisman Awang Sauni on the launch ceremony of the national-level World No-Tobacco Day right here in the present day.
Dr Zaliha mentioned Malaysia is witnessing a rise in non-communicable illness (NCD) circumstances with the 2019 Nationwide Well being and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) report exhibiting 5.1 million folks have two or three main danger components for cardiovascular or coronary heart illness, the primary contributor to loss of life in Malaysia.
“NCDs can really be prevented via the tradition of a wholesome way of life together with not smoking. This survey additionally exhibits that it’s estimated that greater than 27,200 deaths yearly on this nation are because of smoking.
“The prevalence of people who smoke within the grownup group is 21.3 per cent of the inhabitants with an estimated 4.8 million people who smoke. This group of people who smoke exposes passive cigarette smoke to nearly all of the general public who’re non-smokers thus exposing the danger to varied persistent illnesses,” she added.
She added that her ministry additionally paid consideration to the rising pattern in the usage of digital cigarettes and vaping which has a prevalence of 4.9 per cent or equal to 1.13 million customers amongst adults.
She mentioned a youth well being survey involving younger folks aged 13 to 17 confirmed a rise in digital cigarettes customers from 211,084 folks in 2017 to 301,109 folks in 2022.
“This has not taken into consideration the usage of typical cigarettes involving this group of youngsters, which is a complete of 186,817 folks in 2022. The info shared is an actual state of affairs that calls for concern and joint motion from all events.
“It’s to curb and reject any type of smoking habits in our nation in direction of reaching the Generational Endgame purpose with the prevalence of the smoking behavior being lower than 5 per cent and Malaysia changing into a smoking-free nation by the 12 months 2040,” she mentioned. — BERNAMA