Much had been said and done to prevent the growing numbers of tobacco smokers among the Malaysian population. However, the measures taken so far was not that successful. This is proven as we can observe many youngsters do smoke especially during secondary school and more shocking fact that there are also increasing number of female smokers. If you buy a cigarette pack, you will not only see the warning from Ministry of Health that is 'Amaran oleh Kerajaan Malaysia. Merokok Merbahayakan Kesihatan'. I'm not sure when the new regulation was implemented that require the cigarette pack to display dangerous effect of smoking such as cancer and gangrene. It can be seen at the video commercial by Ministry of Health in their 'Tak Nak Merokok' Campaign.Beginning 1 Jan 2010, the new price for cigarettes are as below as enforced through the Control of Tobacco Products Regulation (Amendment) (No.2) 2009.I do smoke once and I choked myself. The smell of the smoke sticked to my clothes and my body. Once I got back home, I brushed my teeth for few times but the smelly breath was still there. Check my previous post here. With the new regulations, I can predict that the sales of legal cigarettes will be decreased. On the other hand, there will be influx of illegal cigarettes from our neighbouring countries which will be sought after. The effect to those smokers would be even greater as we do not know what substitute ingredients have been used. Those illegal cigarettes sales will be targeting the focus group of the new regulation which are the youngsters and the low income groups. So, to those readers who smoke, when will you going to leave your bad habit? Leave smoking and saves your money. Make it a part of your new year resolution. Happy New Year 2010!!
- The minimum price of cigarette is RM 0.32 per cigarette. Thus, no cigarettes shall be sold in the country below that price. A notice listing the minimum price have to be clearly displayed at the counter or at the place the cigarettes are sold. The notice cannot contain logos, brands, trademarks or descriptions related to the cigarette sold.
- Prohibition of sales using the words "discount, special price, special offer, promotion, promo, special edition and offer" or other words on the pack or the label or at the point of sale.