KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will start confiscating products with nicotine content soon.
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that he had instructed his Ministry to take action against those involved in selling the product, used in electronic cigarettes or vaping.
"We will start operations soon. We will definitely move and move hard," he said in a press conference on healthy eating during Deepavali on Tuesday.
Dr Subramaniam said that the Ministry had the power to confiscate products with nicotine content under the Poisons Act 1952 (revision 1989) and Food Act 1983.
Nicotine is categorised as a Group C poison under the Act and those manufacturing, distributing and selling it need to be licensed.
On Oct 28, Dr Subramaniam had said that the Ministry was working to get the legislation ready to regulate or ban vaping before it became a major issue.
However, on Oct 29, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Cabinet had decided against imposing a ban on vaping.
"Good news for vapers, vape brewers and vape salesmen. Today, the Cabinet has decided not to ban vaping. Thank you to the Prime Minister and Government who understands the aspirations of the youth," he was reported as saying.