The legislatures of Malaysia and New Zealand are considering measures to ban people born after a certain date from ever legally smoking tobacco. Might such bans have unintended consequences? Photo: dpa
The legislatures of Malaysia and New Zealand are considering measures to ban people born after a certain date from ever legally smoking tobacco. Might such bans have unintended consequences? Photo: dpa
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Malaysia and New Zealand’s tobacco ban push recalls Chinese opium smoking prohibitions – and their unintended consequences

  • Lawmakers in Malaysia and New Zealand are debating radical proposals to end tobacco use. Critics say they could foster smuggling and drive smoking underground
  • China’s Qing dynasty tried repeatedly to ban opium smoking, but smuggling rose, sparking a crisis that led to wars and the ceding of Hong Kong to Britain

The legislatures of Malaysia and New Zealand are considering measures to ban people born after a certain date from ever legally smoking tobacco. Might such bans have unintended consequences? Photo: dpa
The legislatures of Malaysia and New Zealand are considering measures to ban people born after a certain date from ever legally smoking tobacco. Might such bans have unintended consequences? Photo: dpa
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