Subra: New vape law ready by end of the year


PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry should finish drafting its regulations on vaping by the end of the year, says Health Minister S. Subramaniam.

“We are still finalising the laws. They will cover everything, from manufacturing all the way to smoking,” Subramaniam told reporters here today.

The regulations would be handled by different ministries, depending on the legal areas involved, he said.

He said this in response to questions asked after a press conference recognising International Nurses Day, which would be celebrated tomorrow (May 12).

Subramaniam also urged nurses to obtain degrees, seeing as most of the nation’s nurses only have diplomas. He said only about 652 nurses in government hospitals had degrees.

There are about 89,000 nurses in the public sector, and 38,000 in the private sector.

“Public sector nurses play a wider role, especially in the rural areas,” Subramaniam said, adding that this had helped improve maternal and infant mortality rates.

Subramaniam said he noted during his trip to Sarawak recently that there were nurses serving in rural areas which were only reachable by boats.