"How is the number of parents smoking at home with kids so high? It means that they are damaging their children's lungs, whether intentionally or not," she said. "As the health minister, I am ashamed to let this condition continue."
"We have failed in protecting our people," said Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi, commenting on the rate of male smokers jumping from 53 percent since 1995. "We have been defeated by the tobacco industry ... we don't want this, we cannot accept this because our job is to protect people from cigarettes."