TOBACCO products kill over eight million people globally per year, most of them living in low- and middle-income countries. [...]
In South-East Asia, more than half a million people die from tobacco-related diseases every year.
The situation in Malaysia is also bleak. According to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity survey, more than 27,200 of Malaysians deaths annually are related to smoking. The report found the smoking prevalence among Malaysians aged 15 and above to be 21.3%, with an estimated 4.8 million currently smoking. The prevalence of smokers in the 15- to 19-year-old age group was 12.3%.