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GEORGE TOWN – The Malaysian Health Promotion Board (MySihat) will host the 5th Smoke Free Cities Regional Workshop And The Summit of Smoke Free Leaders participated by 10 ASEAN countries from July 19 to 21 at Hotel Royale Chulan, here.

MySihat chief executive officer Dr K.Manimaran said the workshop’s objective was to share the country’s best practices in the ASEAN region in the implementation of cigarette-free initiatives and identify strategies for creating, building and strengthening collaboration with each other in the implementation of cigarette-free initiatives.

“The theme of this workshop is ‘Influencing and Leading Cities Toward a Smoke Free ASEAN Region’ and will be officiated by Deputy Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. The workshop would also be attended by a representative of the World Health Organisation Dr Katia De Pinco Campus and representatives from China, Guam, Pakistan and Mongolia.

“The delegates will share experiences and best practices with 10 ASEAN countries in the implementation of cigarette-free initiatives to strengthen the same implementation in the ASEAN region,” he said in a statement today.

He said in Malaysia, seven states had implemented cigarette smoke-free initiatives namely Melaka, Johor, Penang, Sarawak, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Manimaran said since the Penang Smoke-Free (Penbar) initiative was launched in 2010, the state had gazetted six public parks through the first phase and the George Town World Heritage Site in the second phase.

“In January 2017, through the amendments to the  Control of Tobacco Products Regulations 2004, all public parks including the Teluk Bahang National Park were gazetted as a Smokeless Free Zone,” he said.

He said the organisation of the workshop was also one of Malaysia’s strategies to further strengthen the implementation of a national cigarette-free initiative in realising Malaysia as a Smokeless Free Nation in 2045. – BERNAMA

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