SEPANG– Nov. 12, 2019: Effective yesterday, AirAsia ceased the sale of duty- free cigarettes on board as well as via its website.
With this decision, the company is implementing a company-wide smoke- and vape-free environment at 120 offices and stations across the Asia- Pacific while RedQ, the airline’s headquarters, is a fully smoke-free building.
According to AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, tobacco sales generated RM9 million in revenue to the group annually. Fernandes was yesterday at the AirAsia No Smoking and Dengue Awareness Campaig.
AirAsia is also looking at stopping the sales of other products such as alcohol. “It is going to be a bit tricky but we are not rushing it. There is no time frame for that,” said Fernandes.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad applauded AirAsia for being the first airline in the country to implement these policies and the ministry will present the Blue Ribbon Campaign’s Outstanding Achievement Award to Fernandes for his anti-smoking campaign during the Blue Ribbon Campaign awards presentation on November 22. — Bernama