KUALA LANGAT: The Health Ministry is too slow in coming up with regulations for the vaping industry, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
The Selangor Mentri Besar said the Federal Government should review its current laws, judging from the many inconsistencies in regulations and enforcement.
“It is crucial for the Health Ministry to come up with clear guidelines on how to deal with vaping but it’s too slow in doing that,” he said after attending a ceremony to rebuild the Lovers Jetty in Tanjung Sepat here yesterday.
Azmin said Selangor would not make a decision based on the ruling by the National Fatwa Council alone as it was important to consider the matter from the health aspect as well and to acknowledge the views of the stakeholders.
“We must come up with a comprehensive report before a final decision is reached on this matter,” he added.
Last week, State Health, Entrepreneurship Development, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said Selangor’s decision to ban or allow vaping was subject to the direction and policy of the ministry.
She said the state government adopted the approach following a recent workshop to study the health implications of vaping and urged the ministry to formulate and review related acts and legislation to ensure effective enforcement.
Selangor has frozen the renewals of and applications for vape sales licences in the state since Jan 1 pending the final decision.
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