SEREMBAN, Jan 18 (NNN-Bernama) -- The proposal to reduce the tar and nicotine content in cigarettes as a preventive measure against tobacco-related diseases would be implemented in June this year, said Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the ministry had discussed the issue with tobacco companies.
"Tobacco companies would reduce the tar and nicotine content in their cigarettes in stages, for example, from 20mg tar to 15mg then 10mg and so forth.
"The proposal is also aimed at reducing the smoking habit among the population," he told reporters after launching a corporate social responsibility programme, Magnum Cares 2013 at the Mawar haemodialysis centre here Friday.
Liow said the ministry had also instructed tobacco companies to register their cigarette brands to ensure that they would meet the World Health Organisation's tar and nicotine standards.