With teen smokers on the rise, Health Ministry seeks to ban cigarette counters
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is drafting a new anti-tobacco law that will sweep away cigarette displays now seen behind cashier counters.
It will also target the advertisements of lifestyle products that are related to cigarette companies.
Deputy Health Minister Datum Seri DryHelmYahiya said the drastic action was necessary because thousands of hardcore smokers in the country have been unable to kick the habit despite the Government’s efforts so far.
Special clinics set up to help have not been successful with most of the 5,000 hardcore smokers who found it hard to quit because tobacco use was still being promoted in the environment, he said.