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  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Malaysia considers total vaping ban after reports of U.S. deaths

  • Malaysia is considering banning the sale of electronic cigarettes, its health minister said on Monday, citing growing reports of deaths in the United States linked to e-cigarettes and vaping. Malaysia was already finalising a law that would ban the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, among minors and prohibit their promotion and advertising. But it is now considering a complete ban on the new devices, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad told parliament.


  • Monday, October 07, 2019
  • Don’t ban vape, allow nicotine sales, say traders

  • THE Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) pleaded against the outlawing of vape — once a lucrative industry — as the domestic e-cigarette demand is still in tandem with the global market.

    MVCC president Syed Azaudin Syed Ahmad said the government should instead consider allowing the sales of regulated liquid with nicotine [...] in the upcoming law-making process. [...] “The industry supports regulations for vape to be introduced as soon as possible and to take into consideration the direction and development of this industry, especially in the use of vape liquid with nicotine.

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
  • Malaysia pushes for strict law to police vapes, e-cigarettes

  • Malaysia is planning to introduce strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, health officials said on Tuesday, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to deaths and youth addiction. Malaysia wants to club e-cigarettes and vaporisers together with tobacco products under a single law that would prohibit promotions and advertising, usage in public areas and use by minors, the health ministry said.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Ministry to curb sale of gadgets doubling as vape or e-cigarettes to school children

  • The market is full of devices that come with a multitude of functions. For instance, a wristwatch can measure your heart rate or serve as a communication device apart from telling the time. However, they now can also serve as vapes or e-cigarettes, raising concerns among parents and teachers. Watches, radios and MP3 players that also double up as e-cigarettes and vapes can be purchased online from RM30 to RM350 each. This will enable children to purchase and use the devices without their parents or teachers knowing.
  • Thursday, July 04, 2019
  • The growing but unregulated alternative tobacco market

  • THE absence of consistent laws governing the sale and marketing of alternative tobacco-based products in Malaysia risks saturating the market with brands eager to make a profit, but unconcerned over health standards.

    While the Ministry of Health (MoH) works on drafting a new Tobacco Act to regulate both traditional cigarettes and their electronic alternatives under one bill, electronic cigarettes or e-ciggies are gaining popularity among users.


  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Still at war with the tobacco epidemic, Indonesia must control e-cigarettes too

  • Several countries are banning e-cigarettes due to revelations of health risks to both users and bystanders. But in Indonesia, the world's second-largest cigarette market, the government has yet to put in place policies to prevent youths from taking up vaping. There has been no research on the prevalence of vaping among youth in Indonesia, but the Indonesian government should be alarmed by the reports of illness and death due to vaping in the US.