Cheapest Cigarettes RM6.40
PUTRAJAYA: 28 December 2009
From 1st January 2010, the cheapest cigarettes in the market will cost RM6.40 per pack of 20s.
Under the Tobacco Products Control Regulations gazetted by the Health Ministry and aimed at snuffing out the smoking habit, the minimum retail price of cigarette is RM0.32 per stick. Presently it costs RM4.80 for a pack of 20s of the cheapest cigarettes.
Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said that the regulations would prohibit price promotions. Cigarette would not be allowed to be sold with labels carrying words such as
- special price
- special offer
- limited edition
or any other term that would indicate the price that is cheaper than the retail price on the cigarette packs.
These 2 regulations are important in making cigarettes less affordable to children, youths and those from the lower income group. It is the government's intention to protect children and teenagers from taking up smoking.
According to Liow, the World Bank has observed that price controls and taxes on tobacco products were effective in reducing the number of smokers. In Malaysia, studies have shown that when prices increase by 10 percent it would reduce the number of smokers by about 4 percent.
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