LARUT: The results of a study on electronic cigarettes and e-liquids will be presented to Cabinet later this month, says Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.
The Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism said the study was aimed at, among other things, to find out the extent to which e-cigarette vapour could affect health, besides determining the specifications to be followed by e-liquid manufacturers.
"If vape is to remain in the country, vape users and sellers need to fulfil the procedures and criteria which will be determined.
"I am aware that many states have issued a fatwa banning vape because they feel it's something that can cause individuals to contract certain diseases," he told reporters after attending a high tea with Larut Wanita Umno at Batu 20 on Saturday.
Hamzah, who is also Larut MP, said so far, there had been no studies done locally or abroad which could prove that vaping caused harm.
Elaborating further, Hamzah said that when rules on the use of vape were established, it would make it easier for the authorities to take action against those who abused it.
"When there is a law, it is easy for us to take action, as when there is no law whatever offences are done, there is no Act to take action against them.
"For example, there are vapes which do not contain nicotine when a person uses them, I understand that the smoke that comes out is not like tobacco (smoke), but is vapour. There is a difference between vapour and smoke that can cause harm to a person," he said.
The National Fatwa Council recently ruled that vaping was “haram”. – Bernama