Meeting to decide fate of vape industry in two Malaysian states

Meeting to decide fate of vape industry in two Malaysian states
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KUALA TERENGGANU: The fate of the vape industry in Kelantan and Terengganu, which have both banned vaping, will be decided at a meeting with authorities.

A meeting with the state government here today will reveal whether vape traders in Terengganu can have one year to clear their stock and wrap up their businesses.

Terengganu Malay Vape Traders Association president Muhd Kama­ruzaman Mahmud, 30, said members were saddened by the decision to follow the Fatwa Council's edict that the sale and use of vape was haram but they would abide by the ban.

"The only appeal we make to the state government, especially the Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman), is that they give us a period of one year to clear the stock we have and wrap up our businesses," he said.

Ahmad Razif had said that the government would hold a dialogue with vape traders and help them switch to selling products that are not harmful to one's health.

In Kota Baru, the Kelantan Vapers Association wants the state government to wait for a decision or regulation from the Federal Govern­ment on vaping before it enforces its ban on Feb 1.

Its spokesperson Mohd Khaleb Khan Nasir Khan said a meeting had to be convened so that they could convey their demands to the state government's Housing and Environment committee chairman Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood.

"In a letter to Abdul Fattah, we asked the government to postpone the ban (from Jan 1) by at least six months while waiting for the Federal Government's statement," he said.

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