Soon the regulations against smoking cigarettes will be revised again, for to protect the new tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan reported.
Smokeless tobacco products which shape are like strips, lozenges and wafers that can be dissolved in the mouth, so they are not like normal chewing tobacco, and they do not need to be spit out.
Mr. Khaw declared that Reynolds American Tobacco Company noted that such new products were produced especially for women, and of course they will let smokers to continue their bad habit in regions where smoking was prohibited, because the new products will not produce smoke as cigarettes do.
Those are the main reasons why Mr. Khaw decided to revise tobacco-control legislations and to the new tobacco products more space.
“If cigarettes makers create smokeless products, tobacco continues to be the most addictive product which can kill, especially minors,” he added.
In the dispute in Parliament on the Health Ministry’s budget for this year, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health Hawazi Daipi declared that the ministry intended to revise the Smoking Control of Advertisement and Sale of Tobacco Act.
It wanted to prohibit deceptive labeling and to lower even the tar and nicotine volumes. And the new tobacco products emergence is because young adults’ desire, Hawazi Daipi declared.
The proportion of smokers among men aged 18 to 29 rose from 18 percent in 2004 to 25 percent in 2007, while among women of the same age group increased from 7 percent to 9 percent in the same period of time. That’s why the company goal is only one, to increase smoking among women also by producing new smokeless tobacco products.
So, smokers below 18 years old were prohibited to buy cigarettes and to smoke. In case they violated this law they paid $30 fine. But if they didn’t pay, then they were fined up to $300.
Only one conclusion can be made according to this article. Thanks to anti-smoking legislations as they are named, cigarettes makers only increase their income but unfortunately the smokers’ percent continue to raise yearly.
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