Bill to control vaping, e-cigarettes to be tabled by March

The proposed bill will cover the use of tobacco and other items related to nicotine found in vapes and e-cigarettes.

KUCHING: The health ministry will table a bill on the usage of tobacco, vape, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and shisha in Parliament by March next year.

Its minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the study to formulate the bill, which will be comprehensive, is in its final stages.

“We are almost at the end of discussions with the attorney-general,” he told reporters after attending a “Stop The Stigma” run organised by Sarawak General Hospital at the old state legislative assembly building here today.

Dzulkefly said the bill will encompass not only tobacco but also several other items related to nicotine found in vape or e-cigarettes.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye heads a special committee to look into issues concerning vaping and shisha.

The committee comprises officials from the health and domestic trade and consumerism ministries and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).