Malaysia to Table Bill Regulating Vape, Tobacco

Malaysia’s health ministry stated that a bill on the regulation of tobacco, e-cigarettes, vape and shisha will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the bicameral Parliament, the federal legislature of Malaysia, next year.

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It could be tabled in the first term at the latest, according to Free Malaysia Today. The ministry confirmed this in a written reply to Shahrudidn Md Salleh (Pejuang-Sri Gading), who asked about the status of the bill that was supposed to be tabled last year.

In the reply yesterday, it said the bill, which was first drafted in 2016, had been sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in August 2019 to be enacted but was later returned to the ministry due to changes in the government. The ministry said the bill will pave the way for comprehensive regulation of conventional tobacco products and new e-cigarettes and other vaping products.

It also said it had applied for a date to the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department to table the bill.