Prevention of 2019-nCoV needs drastic approach

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to ban visitors from affected areas from coming into Malaysia to reduce the risk of 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan coronavirus infection, and to implement stringent health checks. It is erroneous to assume that it is possible to identify suspected cases by conducting fever screening at …

CAP: Immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides

The Consumers Association of Penang reiterate its calls to the authorities to impose an immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it is found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Glyphosate is the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, from Monsanto. In Malaysia there are more than 200 herbicide products …

The mutual benefits of stubbing out the smoking habit

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) commends and congratulates the Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) for implementing and enforcing Regulations 11 (1) (d) of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2018. Under this Regulation, offenders caught smoking in “any eating place or air-conditioned shop” can be fined upwards of RM10,000 or face jail time of up to two …

Smoking and vaping: Looking through the barrel of a gun

Recently a Member of Parliament, Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, wants the Ministry of Health (MoH) to temporarily suspend the smoking ban at open-air eateries on 1 January 2020 “until proper regulation is put in place for the vape industry”. His call makes no sense. Banning smoking and vaping at eateries including open-air ones does …

Ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices

There were three recent suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses in Malaysia and these should raise red flags for the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MoH) to ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The government should not involve the tobacco industry (TI) in any tobacco control policy discussion because TI is known to interfere with governments’ formulation …