Majority of Malaysians polled want sale of e-cigarettes legalised
69 per cent of Malaysian smokers say they want to see legislation that would allow for the distribution and sale of nicotine e-cigarettes so that they can have a viable alternative to help them quit regular cigarettes.
A majority of Malaysians, or about 66 per cent, believe the government is not doing enough to help smokers quit.
[...] The poll also found that 58 per cent of Malaysians surveyed believe that nicotine e-cigarettes should be taxed but at a level lower than that of regular cigarettes to encourage people to switch and quit smoking.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Regulate instead of ban, say vape groups
Two advocacy groups have rejected a proposed blanket ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping, saying regulations and enforcement should be the appropriate response to lingering health concerns. “We note that the NGOs are concerned with the use of vape among those below 18 years old and the recent cases in the US where the products have been abused through drug use.
“This is exactly why regulations have to be introduced to ensure there are controls to prevent children from having access to the products and that the products are regulated with standards [...]
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Malaysia urged to learn from UK measures on nicotine vape industry
The Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) has urged the special committee set up by the Ministry of Health to study control measures from the United Kingdom (UK) on nicotine vape industry.
In a statement yesterday, MVCC said UK authorities have implemented controlled measures on the industry that have shown success in reducing the number of smokers in the country by encouraging the use of vape while putting in place appropriate regulations that prevent abuse of vape products.
MVCC president Syed Azaudin Syed Ahmad said it cannot be ignored that vaping has been proven to be safer than cigarettes.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Malaysia wants to regulate e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes and vaping devices (EVC) have dominated the public and academic debate on tobacco control since its introduction into the market. Now, Malaysia is looking to introduce stricter regulations on the sale and use of EVC, placing it together with tobacco products under a single law that would prohibit promotions and advertising, usage in public areas and use by minors. There is a rising uptake of EVC among Malaysia’s youth. Due to this, the Health Ministry there is not discounting a total ban on the products. “Everything is currently in the planning stage. [...]
Monday, October 14, 2019
Malaysia considers total vaping ban after reports of U.S. deaths
Malaysia is considering banning the sale of electronic cigarettes, its health minister said on Monday, citing growing reports of deaths in the United States linked to e-cigarettes and vaping. Malaysia was already finalising a law that would ban the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, among minors and prohibit their promotion and advertising. But it is now considering a complete ban on the new devices, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad told parliament.
Monday, October 07, 2019
Don’t ban vape, allow nicotine sales, say traders
THE Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) pleaded against the outlawing of vape — once a lucrative industry — as the domestic e-cigarette demand is still in tandem with the global market.
MVCC president Syed Azaudin Syed Ahmad said the government should instead consider allowing the sales of regulated liquid with nicotine [...] in the upcoming law-making process. [...] “The industry supports regulations for vape to be introduced as soon as possible and to take into consideration the direction and development of this industry, especially in the use of vape liquid with nicotine.