Tobacco Control Bill 201

New tobacco Bill passed

The Bill was passed 64 – 0 and repeals the Tobacco Products (Health Control) Act 1987.

Health Minister, Michael Malabag, when making the second and third reading of the Bill, said the former Act was 30 years old and an enhanced Government response was necessary to address the direct costs to individuals and the government.

He said there is a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases, particularly heart diseases, diabetes and cancers which are knownto be closely associated with cigarette smoking and exposure to it.