Malaysia to push for new anti-smoking law and looks to lead ASEAN into COP10

Malaysia will continue to press forward with its tobacco control plans in the hopes of providing a leadership role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a political and economic union of ten countries in Southeast Asia, ahead of what is hoped to be a rescheduled tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) next year.

Malaysia could then use COP10 to further push its agenda domestically, where plans such as a moving age barrier to prevent anyone after a specific date from ever being able to legally buy tobacco products have reportedly run into difficulties.

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