Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging laws for cigarettes in July 2011. A month before it could even get that Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 legislated, the Asian arm of Philip Morris demanded compensation from Australia.
Cycling is one of the greatest mode of transportation to help ease the pollution problem and protect environment. Thus in conjunction with the World Environment Day, CAP is organising our 13th Bicycle Campaign with the cooperation of the Penang Department of Environment and Penang Department of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives & Consumerism.
Health Exhibition at Penang GH, 16-20 July 2012
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to keep away from products that damage health and practise a healthy lifestyle. The consumption of unhealthy foods rich in sugar, fat, salt and chemicals and the modern sedentary lifestyle of Malaysians have led to steep rises in non-communicable diseases. Nearly two-thirds of Malaysians suffer from them.
The latest statistics from Ministry of Health, showed that more than 17 million Malaysians or 60.7 per cent of the population are currently living with non-communicable disease (NCD) with many more undiagnosed. 14.9% and 43% of Malaysians aged above 30 suffer from diabetes and hypertension respectively, with 20.7% of adults over 18 suffering from high cholesterol.
The Government should raise cigarette prices to RM30 from the current RM10 for a pack of 20 sticks if it is really serious about curbing the smoking scourge.
This is because using “price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco” is one of the most effective ways to reduce cigarette consumption among smokers and deter potential smokers. This measure is recognised by tobacco control experts and also the Parties in the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), of which Malaysia is a Party since 2005.
CAP together with the Department of Environment, Penang and the Penang Office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism is organising the Bicycle Campaign 2012 in conjunction with this year’s World Environment Day on 15 July, 2012 at Kepala Batas, Penang.
Participation is free and open to all. Come and be part of the movement for good health and environmental and economic sustainability.