Beef up en­force­ment, say NGOs

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions have wel­comed the move to in­crease the age limit to buy and sell cig­a­rettes.

The Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion of Pe­nang said in­creas­ing the age limit from 18 to 21 was a good move, but the ex­tent of its ef­fec­tive­ness hinged on en­force­ment.

Its pres­i­dent, S.M. Mohd Idris, said: “We wel­come the move as other coun­tries have also set the age limit at 21 and have suc­cess­fully re­duced the num­ber of smok­ers. How­ever, en­force­ment should be beefed up and ac­tion taken against of­fend­ers.”

Yes­ter­day, Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya told the De­wan Rakyat that the gov­ern­ment would con­sider rais­ing the age limit to buy and sell cig­a­rettes to 21 from 18.

He said this in re­sponse to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Nu­rul Iz­zah An­war (PKR-Lem­bah Pan­tai).

Nu­rul Iz­zah had asked about ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment to pro­tect non-smok­ers who were ex­posed to the ef­fects of cig­a­rette smoke from smok­ers around them.

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