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Author: Tarmizi Anuwar

End the vape ban 

In a move that sent waves across South and Southeast Asia last week, Thailand’s Public Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul iterated that the importation and production ban on vaping products will continue, depriving Thai smokers of provable alternatives to quit.

Harm-reducing alternatives to combustible cigarettes, including vaping devices, heated tobacco, and oral pouches, provide nicotine in a less harmful fashion, according to most major health bodies, but the minister was insistent that the rising use of these products by young people was enough to warrant their continued ban.

While nicotine alternatives remained banned, the minister has been praised for his efforts to decriminalise cannabis products, and rightly so. 

But the continued prohibition on nicotine alternatives such as vaping, however, is a dangerous path that removes opportunities for Thailand’s large population of smokers — currently estimated at nearly a quarter of the population, some 15.4 million people. 

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Kaji terperinci terlebih dulu Generasi Penamat tembakau

Pusat Pilihan Pengguna (CCC) telah menganjurkan satu forum secara dalam talian bertajuk Generasi Penamat: Langkah Tepat atau Menjerat, baru-baru ini.

Forum itu dianjurkan bagi mendapat pendangan dan membincangkan isu terkini berkaitan Akta Kawalan Tembakau dan Merokok yang bakal melarang individu yang lahir dari tahun 2007 untuk memiliki, membeli dan mengguna produk rokok termasuk rokok elektronik.

Menurut wakil Consumer Choice Center Malaysia, Tarmizi Anuwar, pelaksanaan Generasi Penamat Tembakau adalah satu tindakan yang terburu-buru dan seharusnya mengambil kira pelbagai sudut bagi memastikan ia adalah satu usaha yang akan berjaya dengan cemerlang.

“Pendapat pakar dalam bidang terutamanya saintifik dan kesihatan harus diambil kira. Oleh kerana itu, kamu menganjurkan sesi perkongsian ilmiah ini bagi membincangkan dan melihat isu ini dalam skop yang lebih luas,’ katanya.

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