Malaysia Vape Industry Players Want Regulations to Begin

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In order to avoid a total ban vaping products, some Malaysian vaping industry players are urging the government to implement long-delayed regulations for the industry.

The Malaysia Retail Electronic Cigarette Association (MRECA) president Datuk Adzwan Ab Manas, in a statement, said a taxation framework for e-liquids with nicotine was supposed to be implemented from Jan. 1 this year, but has been delayed for four months because the Ministry of Health (MoH) still has not implemented regulations for the industry.

The delay has not only left the industry in limbo but has resulted in the government listing more than RM750 million ($172 million) a year in tax revenue, according to the Malay Mail.

“Furthermore, the MoH’s proposal to ban the sale of vape along with cigarettes, although the two products are different, is akin to declaring war on the local vape industry especially for the 3,000 local entrepreneurs and 15,000 employees in the industry,” Ab Manas said.

The president of the Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy (MIVA), Rizani Zakaria, agrees with Adzwan. Zakaria said the ban is unfair as vape and cigarettes are two very different products.

Rizani was reported saying international studies show vaping is less harmful and can be used to help cigarette smokers quit smoking.