PETALING JAYA - Malaysian E-Vaporisers and Alternative Tobacco Association (Mevta) has called for the obsolete Poisons Act 1952 (Revised 1989) to be reviewed.
Its president Allan Foo said it was unfair for vape liquids to remain under the Act when nicotine in cigarettes was allowed under the Food Act 1983.
"You cannot use a 60-year-old-law on a new technology," Foo said at a press conference after the recent nationwide raids of stores selling vape liquids with nicotine.
"If you can put nicotine in cigarettes under the Food Act, then vape liquid and all the contents in it should also be food flavouring."
He said that although the Health Ministry had acted within the law in carrying out the raids, it should have given the outlets a grace period before doing so.
"Many of the smaller businesses did not have a chance to offload their products. Many of owners who were raided have completely lost their investments.
The ministry, he said, also needed to properly re-define what are e-cigarettes and vape.
He said the classification of e-cigarettes as those with nicotine while those without it as vape, was confusing.
"Vape is the term used because people want to differentiate themselves from cigarettes," he said.
Commenting on a meeting, which the ministry held with a group of non-governmental organisations without the presence of Mevta, Foo said it showed that the ministry does not acknowledge the association although it is registered with the Registrar of Societies.
"We have the knowledge and the know how. We have been trying to contact the ministry for the past two years.
"It knows of our existence and we have been sending letters to tell the ministry that we are ready to work with it," he said.
He said the raiding of vape stores could result in sellers going underground, which would make it harder to control.
"This is not what we want to happen. We want to work with the ministry to create specific policies and guidelines on what to do."