Malaysia's health ministry to confiscate vaping goods with nicotine

KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry has promised to confiscate nicotine content products used in e-cigarettes or vaping.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said he had instructed the various sections under his ministry to take action against those involved in selling the products.

"We will start operations soon.

"Rest assured, we will definitely move and move hard," he told reporters after the 'Eating Healthily during Deepavali' event yesterday.

Last Wednesday, Dr Subra-maniam said the ministry was considering banning e-cigarettes but the following day, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Cabinet had decided to only regulate them.

The ministry, Dr Subramaniam said, could confiscate nicotine liquids under current Acts.

Under the Poisons Act, nicotine is classified as a Category C poison, which means that both nicotine and products containing nicotine can only be dispensed by licensed personnel. However, nicotine in tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, is exempted.

Asked why the ministry could not move in earlier, Dr Subramaniam said that it was on the verge of doing so.

"We had our expert committee. They gave me a report about a month ago, but we wanted to do it holistically."

The ministry, he said, also planned to go on a massive public health awareness campaign with the message "Don't vape."