Malaysian cops say nothing illegal about smoking shisha

Malaysian cops say nothing illegal about smoking shisha
A shisha operator preparing the shisha for a customer.
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PETALING JAYA - There is nothing illegal about smoking shisha or using the shisha sticks, the police confirmed.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said on Tuesday the usage of shisha stick or better known as hookah pen was in the same category of using electronic cigarettes.

"However, the usage of shisha sticks is not as popular.

"This is due to the type and amount of liquid flavour used is minimal compared to e-cigarettes.

"Shisha does not give the same amount of satisfaction compared to the e-cigarettes or vape," he said in a statement.

He added there is currently no law prohibiting the use of shisha stick.

Comm Mohd Mokthar said his department along with the Education Ministry and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry would work together in various aspects, including monitoring whether there was any banned substance used in such devises.

"We will focus shisha users, especially students.

"We discovered that usage of shisha sticks is not a new way to distribute or abuse drugs," he said.

 

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