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  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Vaping: It’s not the nicotine that kills you ― Hafidz Baharom

  • With the New Year, comes the resolutions. And for my little project, it is to convince smokers to switch from cigarettes to either an electric cigarette, or a vape. Especially in these few months that the Ministry of Health is motivated to issue compounds to smokers.

    Personally, I don’t see it lasting till after February. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.


    Coming from a family of five smokers being myself and my brothers with a father having retired from smoking after swearing to do so in Mecca (yes, some do take it seriously), there is a need to shift towards less harmful alternatives.

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • 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.