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Vapers rejoice as no ban in sight

 | October 30, 2015

The government will not ban vaping or the sale of vape paraphernalia as was previously feared, says minister Ismail Sabri.

VapersPETALING JAYA: The government has said vapers or e-cigarette smokers can continue to vape at will despite rumours that a ban would be imposed on the usage of the device soon.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, those selling e-cigarettes and vaper brewers would also be allowed to continue their business as usual.

“Good news for vapers, vaper brewers and vape sellers, the Cabinet today decided not to ban its usage.

“Thank you to the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) and the government who understood the aspiration of the youths,” Ismail said through a Facebook posting today.

Vaping is a multi-million ringgit industry in Malaysia, with many small traders selling e-cigarette parts and flavours in a fast growing industry. Traders have not only set up stalls on five-foot ways and night markets but are selling vape online in social networks like Facebook.

The Star recently reported that Malaysia’s vape industry was estimated to be the second largest in the world after the United States, and the biggest in Asia.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said Putrajaya was looking to ban vaping soon following concerns over its health benefits.

He said efforts were also being made to have legislation to regulate the usage of vaping, which has gained popularity among Malaysians that reportedly number one million.

Yesterday, Ismail Sabri said a British study found that e-cigarettes carred just five per cent of the risk of tobacco and should be widely adopted by smokers. The new report appeared in The Telegraph.

The National Fatwa Council on the other hand has prohibited Muslims from vaping.


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