Spreading anti-vape message

Subbarow (standing) and SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian students showing their disapproval of smoking and vaping during the one-hour programme at the school in Penang. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the Federal Government to join more than 40 other countries in banning electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

Its president Mohideen Abdul Kader said China was among the latest to ban or regulate e-cigarettes.

“China also announced a ban on the online sale of e-cigarettes recently.

“There are more than 7.4 million e-cigarette users in China, which also happens to be the largest maker of e-cigarette products, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mohideen said the incident of a teenage boy in Labuan who had severe internal lung damage suspected to have been caused by vaping should suffice in raising red flags for the Health Ministry to ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

“Taking up vaping or smoking is like playing Russian roulette.

“We do not need a new form of addiction or unnecessary suffering, ” he said.

Earlier, about 100 students of SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian attended an anti-vape and e-cigarette programme organised by CAP.

The one-hour talk was delivered by CAP education officer N.V. Subbarow, who highlighted the harmful effects of using e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

“This programme is to create awareness among students on the danger of the devices.

“It is also to provide teachers with information to keep the situation in check as the trend of smoking e-cigarettes and vaping is growing among students, ” he said.

Subarrow said the government should ban all e-cigarettes and vaping if they want healthy citizens.

“This kind of products should not be sold and the government has the right to put a stop to it.

“It must be banned for the betterment of our future generation, ” he said.

Student Goh Chia Choon, 16, described the programme as informative.

“I’ll remind my peers about the harmful effects of using e-cigarettes.

“I always hate vaping and smoking, which is smelly and dangerous, ” he said.

Another student Chris Lee Wai Loon, 16, said many of the devices were being sold openly at local stores.

“This CAP programme is good as it highlights the risk of using the devices, ” he said.

Teacher Loh Lee Im lauded the effort by CAP in sharing the detrimental effects of e-cigarettes.

“It is a good awareness campaign for schools and it will help the future generation in staying away from the devices, ” she said.

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