The licit cigarette industry in Malaysia is facing what one company has described as ‘challenging times’; but, with illicit products having taken 57 percent of the market, that seems like an understatement.
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist from Greece, has argued that e-cigarettes should be made available to smokers who want to stop using combustible cigarettes but don’t want to give up nicotine, according to Mayalsia’s The Star. Farsalinos, who is a cardiologist and researcher at the University of Patras’ Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, has indicated that […]
The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged for tobacco to be excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to a report in The Star. According to MMA President Datuk N.K.S. Tharmaseelan, the overall objective of the TPPA was to increase and facilitate free trade of goods and services, but it should not apply to […]
British American Tobacco (BAT) is benefitting from the gradual deflation in the illicit trade of cigarettes locally due to the improved regulatory environment in Malaysia, according to a story posted on The Star Online. Managing director Datuk William Toh said the illegal buying and selling of cigarettes had declined last year by 1.6 percent compared to 2011. “We […]
The city hall in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, proposed that buyers of contraband cigarettes be penalized along with the sellers of the smuggled smokes, according to a story in the the Borneo Post. Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir, who made the proposal in his speech during the launch of Ops Pacak 2013, said buyers […]