According to The Malay Mail Online, the DAP-led Penang Government is looking to ban Vapers from puffing at non-smoking areas.
The state has a Smoke Free Penang initiative at gazetted areas and they have proposed that vaping will also not be allowed in these non-smoking zones .
The DAP Penang state has a Smoke Free Penang initiative at gazetted areas and we have proposed that vaping will also not be allowed in these non-smoking zones.
There are 22 types of premises and various areas in Penang that are gazetted as non-smoking zones, such as six recreational parks, the George Town heritage zone, public transportation, government offices and air-conditioned places such as restaurants.
Five premises were raided by the Penang Pharmaceutical Division, with some RM55,000 worth of products taken off their shelves. Penang Health Department director Datuk Zailan Adnan said the raids were conducted under provisions of the Poisons Act 1952.
Vape stores across Malaysia were raided one after another. Their goods were seized from them and they were forced to shut down under the order of the government.
However, due to the negative response from the community and their many protests, the government decided to stop raiding Vape stores and shutting them down. This might be a result of them being afraid of losing the support and votes of youngsters who are in the Vaping community- which is comprised of millions of youngsters.
Now, note that in other countries like America where Vaping is a trend, Vaping is allowed even in non-smoking areas (Shopping Centers, Cafes, Etc.). This is because the smoke from Vape pens does not have any risks like the smoke from cigarettes that can be hazardous to those around the smokers. Also, the smoke from Vaping isn’t unpleasant like the smoke from cigarettes as the vapor, or smoke from Vaping, is often fruity in flavor and rather pleasant to the nose.
Considering the fact that Vaping is a new trend in Malaysia, banning Vaping from non-smoking areas is rather reasonable as it is still in some ways, taboo to the older generation.
The government also said that they are currently studying legal terms of banning vaping at the no-smoking zones because only products with nicotine content such as e-cigarettes are regulated under the Poison Act.
“Vapes that do not contain nicotine are not regulated under any law so we have to study the law on how to do this,” an representative said.
With Malaysia being the 2nd biggest market in the global Vaping industry to date, the Health Ministry has dedicated a large portion of their time, endeavoring various methods to bring the Vaping culture in Malaysia to a halt.
Their ideology and goal to completely remove the Vaping industry from Malaysia is of course, debated and has angered many Vape users in Malaysia- mostly whom are youngsters and working adults who Vape as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.