Malaysia to announce regulation for vaping industry soon

Malaysia to announce regulation for vaping industry soon
Promoters smoke electronic cigarettes during the VapeFair in Kuala Lumpur on December 5, 2015.
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PETALING JAYA - The vaping industry in Malaysia is abuzz with so-called "good news" of a proper regulation, which is expected to be announced soon.

Stakeholders in the vaping scene are rejoicing over talk of proper regulations for the sale of the vaping and e-cigarette products, which have been hit since last year by several restrictions.

Malaysian Organisation of Vape Entities (MOVE) president Samsul Kamal Ariffin said that there was talk that the Cabinet had already made a decision to regulate the vaping industry.

"It is believed that the regulation will be announced within this month, but there is no news about it yet - maybe after the next Cabinet meeting.

"Ideally, we want the resolution to be a consumer-driven model yet business-friendly," he said.

MOVE had collected 50,000 signatures in a petition directed to the Health Ministry in September last year to regulate vaping.

Samsul also said that from what he could gather, some of the requirements were quite tough to comply with, therefore, there won't be too many players in the industry.

A Chinese daily had reported on Saturday that the Government might consider allowing the operators to renew their licences so that they could continue with their business.

However, it is learnt that operators needed to follow the rules and regulations in order to renew their licences and the process was time-consuming.

Sales of vape saw a drastic drop after it was banned in several states and also due to the National Fatwa Council's ruling that smoking electronic cigarettes was forbidden.

Malaysia E-Vaporizers & Tobacco Alternative Association (Mevta) adviser Allen Foo voiced the same sentiments, saying that more rules and regulations will be in place.

He also lauded the Federal Government for their proactive action towards the vaping industry.

Since last year, states like Johor, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Terengganu and Pahang have either banned sales or mulling a ban on sales of vape or e-cigarettes to Muslims. Malacca has banned both the sale and usage.

In November last year, the Health Ministry had said that there would be no ban on vaping and electronic cigarettes, but the e-liquid containing nicotine is required to be registered under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulation 1984, Sale of Drugs Act 1952.

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