Fury As New Sweet Encourages Children To Smoke

This is the moment three boys suck on a straw-shaped sweet and blow out vapour as they try a controversial new confectionery criticised for encouraging children to smoke.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health is reportedly carrying out checks on a new sweet marketed as ‘Ghost Smoke’ after it was slammed by the Malaysian Community Care Foundation.

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In the video footage, shared on Facebook by netizen ‘Mohd Fadli Salleh’ and viewed 140,000 times, three children are seen sucking on the straw-shaped sweet and then blowing out vapour as if they are smoking a cigarette. 

The boys in the footage are reportedly from the city of Kota Kinabalu in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah where ‘Ghost Smoke’ has become a popular new trend.

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The issue surfaced after a group of boys were filmed consuming the candies

According to local media, the sweet is on sale in many shops and is even available to buy online for just 10 MYR (2 GBP) for a packet of 30.

Meanwhile, it has yet to be seen whether the product contains any ingredients that could pose a health risk, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Health said in a statement that the Food Safety and Quality Division is currently carrying out tests.

Halim Ishak, chairman of the NGO Malaysian Community Care Foundation, slammed the product, saying: “It is regrettable that children as young as seven are purchasing it.

“Something needs to be done immediately to curb this, especially now that the government is striving to create smoke-free zones nationwide.”

Mohd Fauzi Sahat, chairman of the school Parent-Teacher Association, said that a complaint had been filed with the district health department.

Meanwhile, senior paediatrician Dr. Amar Singh said that he believes the sweet could encourage smoking.

The probe continues.

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Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoseph Golder,  Agency: Asia Wire Report

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