Sabah council forbids Muslims from vaping

The Star

The Sabah Fatwa Council has forbidden Muslims in the state from vaping and smoking e-cigarettes or the shisha on health grounds.

Sabah Mufti Datuk Bungsu Aziz Jaafar, who chaired a special meeting of the council here yesterday, said the decision also forbade Muslims from being involved in vape, e-cigarette or shisha-related businesses.

He said the decision was made based on concerns that the habit was harmful and unhealthy for people as well as views under the syariah principles that Muslims should stay away from habits that could harm their body.

The decision is in line with the National Fatwa Council's ruling that smoking electronic cigarettes was forbidden.

According to Bongsu, the Yang di-Pertua Negri would be briefed and the Sabah Islamic Religious Council would then make recommendations to the state government to gazette the ruling.

He said the ruling would be enforced once the relevant laws were in place.

The state government has yet to make an official stand on e-cigarettes and vaping, with such businesses still allowed to continue as usual.