Malaysia's Health Ministry to educate public on side effects of vaping

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry will educate the public over the harmful effects of vaping and will regulate its use, said Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

"The Cabinet fully recognises the need for greater public health education into the harmful effects of vaping and the need for stringently regulating it.

"The Ministry of Health will immediately implement both the above measures," he said in a statement Friday.

Subramaniam said that the Cabinet had discussed the vaping climate and culture substantially and fully recognises the health effects of both cigarette smoking and vaping.

He also expressed his concern about the steep increase in the number of people vaping in Malaysia and the possible long-term consequences from inhaling vapours containing nicotine, formaldehyde and propylene glycol.

Earlier, it was announced that the Cabinet had decided against imposing a ban on electronic cigarettes.