Malaysia to conduct 'in-depth' study on vaping business soon

KUCHING - An in-depth study will be carried out on the vaping industry to see how it can be regulated and taxed.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said the Cabinet had decided that the matter should be studied thoroughly.

"Firstly, if we are going to allow vaping devices to be sold, they must follow internationally ­accepted standards.

"Secondly, we will work with the Health Ministry to determine the nicotine level in vape liquids and who can produce them.

"We will come up with procedures and criteria for those who want to produce them," he told reporters after launching the Online Networking Entrepreneurs Carnival here yesterday.

The Government, he said, would also come up with a tax structure for the vaping industry after the study was completed.

"For instance, those who want to sell vape must register and we need to determine how much the tax should be," he said.

Such a study, said Hamzah, was necessary as there were different views on vaping, ranging from the possible cancer risk or other illnesses to its use in helping smokers quit.

"What is important is that we want our people to lead not only peaceful but healthy lives," he said.

On another matter, Hamzah said the Companies Commission would share information on registered businesses involving Sarawakians with the state government.

He said this would enable both the federal and state governments to compile data and streamline assistance to the companies more effectively.

He also urged small and medium entrepreneurs to register as limited liability partnerships (LLP) - an alternative business vehicle combining the characteristics of a company and conventional partnership - so that assistance and training could be provided.