Health Ministry calls for border enforcement agency cooperation to curb influx of vape products

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  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Health Ministry (MOH) has called for closer cooperation among enforcement agencies at the border to prevent the influx of electronic cigarettes or vape products into the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the entry of the products could be controlled if the ministry had the cooperation of the Customs Department and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (MDTCA).

"I would like to emphasise that the enforcement at entry points involving the Customs Department should be enhanced, especially on the entry of products with nicotine.

"The MDTCA could also help play a role in the influx of these vape and e-cigarette products, for example, by discussing with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on the standard control of the products in the country," he said.

He said this after attending the Health Ministry's 30th national-level Quran Recitation Ceremony here Sunday (July 21).

Commenting further, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry had also taken a number of measures including setting up a specialist working committee comprising pharmaceutical enforcement, the inspectorate sectors of MOH and MDTCA as well as the FCTC.

"The committee, chaired by my deputy, Dr Lee Boon Chye, met for the first time on July 16 and will meet for the second time tomorrow to detail the enforcement on vape material containing nicotine in the near future, as vape with nicotine is controlled under the Poison Act.

"The Disease Control Division is also planning discussions with the Education Ministry on vaping among school students," he said.

He also hoped that cooperation could be established with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and with television stations to ensure that advertisements on vape and its products are totally eradicated.

Recently, the media reported that the use of vape among school students was becoming increasingly prevalent among male and female students. - Bernama

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