New law on vaping to take into account the e-liquid content
Posted on: Sunday 01 December 2019
PUTRAJAYA: The composition of e-liquid or vape juice and its sale are among the aspects taken into account in the development of the law regulating e-cigarettes or vaping. Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pictured) said it was to ensure that vape juice is not mixed with other chemicals and that its sale is restricted to adults uniquely. “We want to make sure that people aged 18 and under are not exposed to vaping, which ends up leading to addiction and moral decay.
“Apart from that, it is also mandatory for the sale of electronic cigarettes to be labeled with the composition of the vape juice to ensure that it is not mixed with harmful drugs,” he said. declared. He said that under existing laws there are two provisions that regulate the use of nicotine, one of which is under the Poisons Act, where the prescription of nicotine must be made by doctors who are registered with the ministry and other parties are prohibited from selling nicotine. Dr Lee said the ministry was working with relevant ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), the Ministry of Finance and the Royal Malaysian Police to draft the vaping regulations. “As with tobacco cigarettes, we also want to impose the use of vape in open and closed areas such as restaurants and public parks, as well as take into account its price and tax.
“As it stands, we are still only at the beginning, with the draft already sent to the office of the Attorney General, and if all goes well, it should be ready to be tabled in Parliament next year”, he added. Meanwhile, Dr Lee said so far, there is no evidence that a teenage vaping smoker who was admitted to Labuan Nucleus Hospital on November 8 last suffered from Evali, a vaping-related lung disease caused through abuse of vitamin E acetate and tetrahydrocannabinol. (THC), which are drugs mixed with e-liquids. “We are still investigating the patient’s case in Labuan and (so far) there is no indication that he has Evali. “However, in Malaysia, vape juice does not contain any harmful drugs other than nicotine, but an investigation is underway to prevent disease among vape users in the country,” he added. The mysterious lung disease, which was codenamed EVALI, is believed to have caused 39 deaths involving vape users in the United States.