Malaysia Society for
Harm Reduction

MALAYSIA SOCIETY FOR HARM REDUCTION

Pioneering Positive Change without Judgement

Your opinion matters!

About Us

The Malaysia Society for Harm Reduction (MSHR) was established in 2019 to advocate and champion the concept of Harm Reduction.

We embrace Harm Reduction as a practical and effective strategy to minimise the adverse consequences of various human behaviors, be they legal or illegal. We believe in spreading positivity for greater well-being without judgment, coercion, discrimination, or prejudice.

Our members are a passionate group, comprising mostly of highly respected healthcare professionals, academia, and research experts. 

MSHR Harm Reduction Survey

Insights for a Healthier Malaysia

We’re gathering opinions on health awareness and harm reduction in Malaysia. Your input will help in our harm reduction strategies and efforts to foster a healthier nation.

MSHR Launch Poll

MSHR Harm Reduction Survey Results

Insights for a Healthier Malaysia

We’re gathering opinions on health awareness and harm reduction in Malaysia. Your input will help in our harm reduction strategies and efforts to foster a healthier nation.

1. How aware are you of the health risks of smoking (incl. cancer and other diseases) and its burden on national health costs and mortality rates?
86%
Very aware
14%
Somewhat aware
2. Are you aware that the consensus among global scientific bodies is that tightly regulated nicotine vaping and heated tobacco products are less harmful than traditional cigarettes?
60%
Very aware
28%
Somewhat aware
12%
Not aware at all
3. Should regulated vaping and heated tobacco products be used as smoking cessation tools in Malaysia? (alongside strict control on flavouring/ marketing and tighter regulations to deter youth uptake)
70%
Yes
25%
No
5%
Unsure
4. Do you think Malaysia is progressing in the right direction with its latest revision of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023?
23%
Yes, substantial progress
65%
Slight progress, but insufficient, more needed
12%
No progress at all
5. Is vape regulation important?
93%
Yes, crucial for public health
4%
Somewhat, depends on specifics
4%
No, unnecessary
6. What is the best approach to managing substance addiction within society?
30%
Stricter enforcement with heavier punitive laws
63%
Holistic medical interventions and social support
7%
Increased funding and political will
7. Should Malaysia's addiction policies be revised to reflect global advances in addiction science?
84%
Yes
4%
No
12%
Unsure
8. Malaysia faces growing health issues, with almost 20% of adults having diabetes and 22.2% classified as obese. Do you think diet plays a significant role in preventing these diseases/ disease intervention?
95%
Yes
5%
Unsure
9. Malaysia’s sugar tax increased by 25% (from 40 sen to 50 sen per litre) in Jan 2024. Is this increase enough to address excessive sugar consumption or will a higher tax (of more than 50 sen) be more effective ?
14%
Current sugar tax of 50 sen is effective
51%
A higher tax of more than 50 sen is required
35%
No increase necessary
10. Should there be policy changes and stricter guidelines for school operators to foster healthy eating habits among school children?
91%
Yes
2%
No
7%
Unsure
11. Do you believe integrating technology into healthcare and nutrition can effectively help fight noncommunicable diseases (i.e. heart disease/ stroke/ cancer/ diabetes)?
86%
Yes
2%
No
12%
Unsure
12. Are you aware that ergonomics can help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and help maintain a healthy workforce?
68%
Very aware
19%
Somewhat aware
12%
Not aware at all
13. What is your nationality?
93%
Malaysian
7%
Non-Malaysian
14. What age group do you belong to?
9%
18-24
56%
25-40
35%
41 or above
15. How do you identify your gender?
68%
Male
28%
Female
4%
Prefer not to say
16. What is your occupation?
39%
Healthcare professional
26%
Education professional / academics
18%
Business/Corporate professional
7%
Government/Public sector
11%
Other
17. Where did you get our website link from?
58%
WhatsApp
5%
LinkedIn
25%
Email
9%
Friend
4%
Other