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The head of a local health think tank has cautioned the government over its “ambitious” plans to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to those born after 2005.

Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy CEO Azrul Mohd Khalib said the decision was an ambitious one as it represented an almost immediate ban. Putrajaya, therefore, needed to be cautious and ensure it had the necessary buy-in and support from the public.

“This generational smoking ban represents an almost immediate ban, in effect, earlier than New Zealand,” he told FMT.

He said stronger and more effective enforcement would be vital for the ban to succeed.