Shake down on nicotine sellers
THE Ministry of Health, through the Pharmaceutical Services Programme (PSP) headquarters collaborated with six other PSPs in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, and Terengganu executed a nationwide enforcement operation on nicotine-based products.
Through planned intelligence, 28 premises were raided and 35,439 items highly suspected to contain nicotine were seized. Total value of seized items was calculated to be at RM6.38 million.
Nicotine is categorised as a Type C Poison and is controlled under the 1952 Poisons Act [Act 366]. Selling of nicotine widely to the public without a proper license is deemed an offence.
Offenders can face a penalty of up to RM3,000, or no more than a year in jail, or both.
Moreover, the provision for nicotine in products are also regulated by the 1952 Drugs Distribution Act [Act 368] (Drugs and Cosmetics Control Law 1984) whereby products containing nicotine (including e-cigarattes and vape liquids) need to be registered under the Drug Control Enforcement Unit. Selling of nicotine-based products can only be done by licensed pharmacists and registered medicine practitioners for smoking cessation purposes.
First ever District Race Malaysia a success
THE first-ever District Race in Malaysia saw over 8,000 participants conquer the streets of Kuala Lumpur in an immersive tech-fuelled urban race.
Presented by AIA Vitality, District Race is a ground-breaking technology platform that encourages Malaysians to lead active, healthy lifestyles by motivating people to get active through exploration with the District Race app.
Powered by cutting-edge augmented reality and location-based technology, participants navigated through the city and ran a collective distance of 82,000 km, completing over 180,000 virtual challenges and checkpoints. District Race Malaysia was launched earlier in June this year, activating various grids in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka and Johor Bahru.
This allowed all Malaysians to explore and experience District Race for free before the grand finale at District Race KL by AIA Vitality. In the past five months since its launch, more than 5,000 participants took to the task and completed the various challenges and explore their cities all across Malaysia.
NKF’s golden journey honours patients
IN conjunction with its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) today paid homage to patients who were aided by the organisation, together with nurses and staff who have served at NKF’s dialysis centres located throughout the country.
In a simple yet meaningful celebration at the Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur, NKF, Malaysia’s leading non-profit dialysis treatment provider, honoured its pioneers and long-serving staff.
Aptly themed “A Golden Journey”, the anniversary celebration was attended by Tan Sri Dato Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman, President of the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia; Dato Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher, Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia, Members of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors, former and existing NKF staff, patients as well as donors.
“Since our inception in 1969, NKF has grown tremendously and reached such a great number of patients, thanks to the unwavering support of various government bodies and agencies, countless other organisations and individuals.
This has enabled us to expand our role from being just a dialysis treatment provider, to becoming a one-stop national resource centre for all kidney-related matters. — The Health