The Malaysian government has rejected a ban on e-cigarettes, according to a story in The Bangkok Post.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaacob said the cabinet decided against the ban in their meeting on Oct. 31.
“Thanks to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for understanding the wishes of the youth. I believe vape will be a better alternative to reduce cigarette smoking and for a healthier life,” he posted on his official Facebook page.
The issue was brought before the cabinet after the Health Ministry proposed a total ban on e-cigarettes. According to Sabri, there are an estimated 1 million e-cigarette users in Malaysia, and a ban would have affected retailers and producers of the devices and flavors.