The Perlis government is among the state governments in Malaysia that have yet to ban the sale and use of vape.
In keeping with the view of the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Perlis Health Department urged the Perlis government to support the ban on the sale and use of vape in the state.
Dr. Zaini Hussin, the department’s director, was at a state presentation for a state-level inter-department and agency woodball competition yesterday.
He told reporters that the proposal to ban vaping has been submitted to the state government. However, it was still up to the government to decide.
On behalf of the department, we are giving our view and stand after we received a letter from the MOH on the issue (to not allow the sale and use of vape including electronic cigarettes).
“However, I must clarify that we do not have the power to ban. Therefore, I extend this proposal to the state government to consider the ban,” he added.
Johor was the first state to announce a ban on all sale of vape products. Several other states then followed suit including Penang, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Malacca. The Selangor government will also announce its decision on 13th January.
Vaping is also officially banned at 20 public universities and all government schools. It is unclear whether the Malaysian Health Ministry will eventually ban vape/vaping altogether, but it was previously reported that they were looking to implement an excise tax on e-cigarettes and vapes.
Source: The Malaysian Insider.