CAP raises concerns about vape device disguised as wristwatch

A posed picture of youths vaping. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star.

GEORGE TOWN: Believe it or not, there is now an e-cigarette that is also a functioning wristwatch.

You can pull the device out of the wrist strap and take a puff whenever you want, and the CAP is concerned that this is the perfect way for students to sneak it into schools.

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) acting president Mohideen Abdul Kadir said the device has been gaining popularity among students because it was easy to bring to school without arousing suspicion.

"The device is also affordable and can contain up to 2ml of e-liquid per refill," he said in a statement on Wednesday (July 17).

He said they wanted to know if the devices were approved by Sirim as the devices had no stickers.

"We question how these devices could infiltrate the Malaysian market, unless they have either been smuggled in or deliberately declared as some other products.

"We urge all relevant agencies to crack down on this device immediately because it is encouraging our school youths to vape," he said.

Mohideen said a standalone Tobacco Control Act was needed, especially since governments are tightening controls on usage of tobacco products under the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) guidelines.

"The tobacco industry is creating innovative vaping and heat-not-burn devices to gradually replace conventional cigarettes because of this.

"We hope the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) would consider introducing a law that regulates items sold online," he added.

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