THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the stategovernment to ban electronic cigarettes and vape products immediately.
CAP education officer N.V. Subbarow said the ban should be carried out without public consultation on the matter.
He said many people, especially children, were picking up the habit as they were easily influenced.
“Why is the state is still waiting for the official decision and statement from the Federal Government?
“The people’s health is at stake,” he said when contacted yesterday.
In another development, the Penang government said they would leave it to the state Fatwa Council to decide on the vaping issue.
Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, who is also the state Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman, said the council would decide whether to bring the matter up for discussion.
“We can give suggestions but we will leave the matter to the state Fatwa Council,” he said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Abdul Malik said the state would conduct a public hearing once the proposed reclamation project off the island’s southern coast had been approved.
“A detailed environmental impact assessment and a social impact study will have to be carried out before the public hearing to get the people’s views.
“We will listen to the fishermen, the NGOS and other stakeholders.
“We are going to the ground to explain and get feedback,” he told a press conference in Komtar.
Abdul Malik said the state would call for a properly organised meeting in the next few weeks with the village development and security committees.
SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd, the Project Delivery Partner for the RM27bil Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), had proposed to create two man-made islands of 930ha and 445ha near Permatang Damar Laut to fund the PTMP.
It was reported that a group of fishermen had refuted claims by Abdul Malik that two-third of the community had agreed to the land reclamation project.