PETALING JAYA: Protecting public health and saving lives is the right thing to do. Therefore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) should proceed with its plans to implement the Generational End Game (GEG).
In saying this, the President of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), Dr Koh Kar Chai pointed out that many have spoken and expressed their support for this decision which, if implemented, will bring immeasurable relief to the system. health in the years to come.
“We understand that some industry groups may be unhappy with this decision, but we believe it is time for Malaysians to put health first and embrace a healthy lifestyle,” he said in a statement today. today.
“Amid allegations of economic loss to the industry, it must be understood that this is not about an immediate ban on smoking and vaping, but about sparing future generations the scourge caused by such practices.
“The country will gain economically by not having to bear the burden of people with diseases associated with tobacco use and EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping product use-Associated Lung Injury).”
Koh said the idea behind GEG is to prevent addictions to these products. Drug addiction is an extremely difficult disease to treat and we in the medical profession believe that prevention is the best method, he added.
“We need to prevent early addiction by not allowing our young people to pick up this unhealthy habit. We all know and can see for ourselves that children, even as young as 14, are experimenting with cigarettes and vaping products. By the time they hit their twenties, they could very well be addicted, if not already in their teens.
“Even with banning the sale of cigarettes to those 18 and under, we have not been able to stop newer generations from smoking. With proper implementation, enforcement and public support, we believe GEG will be effective in curbing a future of smokers and vapers,” he said.
On behalf of MMA, Koh urged parents to support GEG as treating serious illnesses caused by smoking or vaping will cause families affected immense despair. This causes unnecessary emotional and economic upheaval for families, he said.
“All MPs, don’t let the majority down. We believe that after living through two years of the pandemic, most Malaysians would agree that achieving and maintaining good health is vitally important. Protect your health by supporting GEG. It can and will save lives,” Koh added.