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Bill to raise minimum tobacco purchase age to 21

The Health Ministry plans to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 and ban displays of the products in shops, the New Straits Times said.

Smoking in vehicles with children as passengers also would be part of the legislation, the newspaper said on its website. A ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying the ministry has had a tobacco act ready for submission to Parliament since 2009, but unnamed factors prevented submission until this year.

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