By Angela Garrity
The Star, a Malaysian publication, reports that tobacco, vaping and shisha will soon be under new law. The announcement regarding the upcoming enactment was made by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Lee Boon Chye.
Currently, there are no laws regulating nicotine free vape products in the country. The only laws in place control tobacco products under the Food Act and vaping products containing nicotine, under the Poison Act.
A draft on the new legislation has been remitted to the Attorney General’s chambers. The next step will be a session with parliamentarians and stakeholders, prior to it being presented to Parliament.
According to laws pertaining to vaping in Malaysia from Vapetrotter: The Malaysian states of Penang, Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu have banned e-cigarettes entirely.
Vaping laws and regulations in other parts of Malaysia are very confusing, as certain areas seem to currently allow vaping and have a thriving market and community yet have either legally restricted it or made mention of restricting it in the very near future.
In Selangor, you cannot vape in many public venues, including parks, shopping centers, government buildings like post offices and hospitals, any public place with air-conditioning (this includes vape stores), gas stations, and many others. Violators can be fined up to $2,300 (USD$537).
Vaping in Malaysia has not come without its risks. Earlier this year, Vape News reported that shops were getting raided by Pharma and police. Read that article here. However, that hasn’t seemed to stop vapers in that country from being part of this life saving technology in a country where 4.7 million smokers reside, according to a survey published in 2012.