JOHOR BARU: There is no proof that vaping will be able to help smokers kick the habit. It may actually do more harm to its users.
Johor Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub said studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) proved that vaping could bring more danger than good to the society.
He pointed out that WHO also contradicted perceptions that vaping could help smokers quit cigarettes as there was no solid evidence to show it was a better alternative.
Supporting Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar's decree on banning vape in the state, Dr Khairi said that the Ruler's decision was based on many adverse effects of vaping.
"We do not have to wait for fatalities before banning activities such as vaping," he said.
Dr Khairi said this to reporters during a press conference held at Hospital Sultanah Aminah here yesterday.
Citing vaping as a gateway to drug abuse, Dr Khairi said that 7.6 per cent of ganja users in the United States used the vaping device to inhale the illegal substance.
"There is no denying that this could also happen here based on the news reports of the drug substances infused in vape liquid.
"In fact it actually encourages dual-usage, where smokers will inhale cigarettes and also vape. This is very worrying as the trend is growing among the younger generation."
He also said that overdose can cause breathing difficulties and seizures.
"And if over 40mg of nicotine is consumed at one go, it can lead to death," he said, adding that the second-hand smoker principle also applied to vaping.
Dr Khairi said this meant that children exposed to it were also at risk despite the fruity smell it emits.
Vaping, he said, was showing a very similar trend like cigarettes when the industry boomed long ago.
"Social sentiments were played up but this time we want to eradicate the activity once and for all, rather than curb it later.
"Why wait for another 30 years or many fatalities to happen or for irreversible respiratory diseases to occur. By then it would be too late," he said.