Vapes with nicotine must be registered with health ministry

Vape cartridges without nicotine content will be regulated by the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: All vape cartridges and related products containing nicotine must be registered with the health ministry.

The ministry said this is to ensure that the products fulfil safety regulations before they can be distributed to the public.

The registration comes under the Sale of Drugs Act 1952 and Regulations.

“Only cartridges containing nicotine which are registered can be distributed by medical practitioners as a treatment for their patients or by licensed pharmacists,” the ministry said in a statement today.

Its response comes after questions were raised on the regulation of electronic cigarettes.

The Act provides for imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine of not more than RM25,000 or both, if the offender is an individual.

The fine is increased to not more than RM50,000 if the offender is a company.

Vape cartridges without nicotine content will be regulated by the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry and legislation is being drafted to include the control of electronic cigarettes, said the statement.

Yesterday, health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said a bill to control all tobacco-related products and e-cigarettes, and to enforce the no-smoking zone ruling is expected to be introduced by the end of this year.