Wednesday, August 21

JTI Malaysia to comply with minimum cigarette price

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tobacco product manufacturer, JTI International Berhad, will comply with the new requirements set by the government on the minimum price of cigarettes.

JTI Malaysia managing director Shigeyuki Nakano said the company welcomed the new regulations as they were aimed at addressing the sale of illegal cigarettes which had been continuously and openly sold at far below the mandatory minimum price.

“We believe that with enhanced and stricter enforcement, coupled with increased awareness among retailers on the Minimum Cigarettes Price requirements, the sale of these illegal brands can be curtailed,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yesterday announced the minimum price of all cigarette brands at RM7, effective Sept 1, and that only cigarette packets with 20 sticks were allowed to be sold.

Liow said with effect from that date, all discounting prices by cigarette companies would also not be allowed. –Bernama