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Right to health v. right to smoke during COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia

Md Tahir, Farah Sherwani and Onn, NorHusna Emirah and Fauzi, Husna (2022) Right to health v. right to smoke during COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNICATION, 7 (28). pp. 60-74. E-ISSN 0128-1763

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The tobacco epidemic is one of the world's most serious public health threats, killing more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are directly related to tobacco use, while approximately 1.2 million are related to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) was adopted by the WHO to control tobacco consumption and provide protection to society from being exposed to tobacco smoke or better known as second-hand smoke (SHS). A smoking ban in public places has been widely implemented across the globe. However, the implementation of the smoke-free law has been challenging for many countries as it is said to impeach constitutional rights areas. In Malaysia, the enforcement of the smoke-free legislation in January 2019 has sparked outrage among smokers as they alleged the smoke-free law is unconstitutional and against human rights. This article also finds that Malaysia needs to be proactive in implementing effective measures to secure public health because tobacco control is a major issue that requires stronger state action which if it fails, the government can be accountable for not protecting individuals' right to health comprehensively.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tobacco Smoking, Right To Health, Right To Smoke, Second-Hand Smoke, Smoke-Free Legislation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Islamic Law
Depositing User: Dr. Husna Fauzi
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2023 10:20
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 10:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/106452

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