Despite numerous campaigns carried out by the government and non-government organizations (NGO), the number of smokers in the country seems to increase every year. The number of people who quit smoking is smaller compared to those who pick up the injurious habit. This alarming development could be clearly noticed if one is a frequent visitor of coffee shops, café and food courts.
But, what is more frightening is the sudden upsurge of the number of young smokers in the country, including boys and girls of schooling age. It is now almost an accepted fact to see students puffing away during break (especially at private higher learning institutions), and at other public places. This is indeed a frightening scene in a country that strives to be a developed nation with a pool of high quality and knowledgeable human capital.
If modernity and sophistication of life in this country is symbolized by the number of smokers in a society, then we are treading the wrong alley. Something drastic has to be done to stop this menace. All parties (of course minus the cigarette manufactures), have to play their roles to ensure that the alarming trend is reversed and members of the society, especially youngsters, hate smoking. Maybe, a more systematic and effective anti-smoking campaigns need to be adopted to ensure that Malaysians do not become nicotine-addicted individuals as most cases of drug addictions started with nicotine addiction.