GEORGE TOWN: It is estimated that about 20,000 people in Malaysia die each year from diseases linked to the smoking habit while the number of smokers is believed to be increasing.
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) vice-chairman Mohideen Abdul Kader said tobacco continued to be the world’s main cause of such deaths.
“If Malaysians smoke a 20-cigarette pack a day each, this will come to 4.6 million sticks per day.
“Imagine the impact on the family and national economy,” he said at a press conference in conjunction with the commemoration of World No Tobacco Day here today.
Mohideen said on average, each smoker spent about RM178.80 on cigarettes per month, which had a big impact on household expenditure.
He said the use of electronic cigarettes to replace tobacco-filled cigarettes should also be stopped, adding that the government needs to be firm against the use of electronic cigarettes by banning it altogether before the vaping habit becomes more worrying.
“Although there is the contention that e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the smoking habit, it also encourages people to smoke using this device, believing that vaping is less dangerous.” – Bernama