Vaping liquid worth RM1.4 mil, believed to contain nicotine, seized

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry seized 66,988 bottles of electronic vaping liquid suspected to contain nicotine worth RM1.4 million in an integrated operation nationwide on Tuesday.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the operation was conducted on 78 retail outlets following complaints received by the ministry on the sale of electronic vaping liquid containing nicotine to students.

‘’The health ministry advises manufacturers, distributors and sellers to stop immediately any manufacturing, distribution or sale of any stocks, including electronic vaping liquid containing nicotine,’’ he said in a statement.

He said any stock containing nicotine was a group C poison which was controlled under the Poisons Act 1952. As such, any sale or supplying was only allowed by licensed pharmacists and registered medical practitioners for treatment purposes.

All the cases will be investigated under Section 13 of the Poisons Act 1952. An offender can be punished under Section 32(2) of the same act with a fine not exceeding RM3,000 or jail not exceeding a year or both, he added.