Deputy Health Minister of Malaysia, Hilmi Yahaya, said that the act of vaping is harmful to human health, reports FreeMalaysiaToday.com. Therefore, the law will change to regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products in Malaysia.
Hilmi told the news site that “existing laws, namely the Control of Tobacco Products Regulations (Amendment) 2011 under the Food Act 1983 was seen as not very effective, especially in terms of fines imposed on offenders, to control the use of vape and other tobacco products, including cigarettes.” He called vaping “a new trend.” Vaping will be added to the definition of cigarettes in Malaysia’s existing Food Control Act of 1983. This also will prevent minors from buying vaping products and ban vaping in areas designated as non-smoking. Twenty universities in Malaysia already have banned vaping on campus.
When the new law would take effect was unclear.