According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, more than an estimated 27,200 deaths in Malaysia were related to smoking tobacco.
The NHMS reported that the prevalence of current smokers was 21.3%, i.e. an estimated 4.8 million Malaysians aged 15 years and above were smokers.
Smoking was 30 times higher in males than females.
The highest prevalence was in the 30-34 years age group.
Smoking was more prevalent in those with primary and secondary education, and least with tertiary education.