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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Tobacco Control Advocacy Efforts by Health Professionals in Malaysia 1982- 2005

Lekhraj Rampal, MBBS, MPH, DRPH, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, SERDANG, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA, Serdang, Malaysia, Sanjay Rampal, MBBS, MPH, Department of Social an Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Azhar Md Zain, MD, MPsych, Med, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, SERDANG, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA, Serdang, Malaysia.

Objective: Determine and document the Role of Health Professionals in Tobacco Control Advocacy Efforts in Malaysia 1983-2004.

Methods: A descriptive study design was used. Data was collected from all available sources within the country.

Results: National workshops, seminar and talks were organized since early eighties. National No Smoking Day was organized on 5 November 1986. This led to the organization of National No Smoking Week in 1987 to 1993 (every year). In 998,2000,2002,2004 the MMA organized the International Quit and Win in Malaysia. These major events were organized with the aim of to increasing awareness of hazards of tobacco products, encouraging tobacco cessation and bringing about a change in government policy on tobacco control including smoking ban in all Government institutions and facilities and public places; price and tax measures; protection from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke; regulation and disclosure of the contents of tobacco products; packaging and labeling; comprehensive bans and restriction on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.This paper provides insight into history of tobacco control activities by ASH and highlights the advocacy role and its impact on change in Government policy and impact on the nation. Its lead role in Community leadership, Catalyst, Education, Health Promotion, Research and Training is also reported. Conclusion: ASH, MMA has played a significant lead role in organizing Tobacco Control activities in Malaysia. Malaysia has taken several steps forward in tobacco control and we need to work together locally and globally to achieve “A Tobacco Free World”.

Keywords: Advocacy, Health Professionals, Malaysia