Ministry to investigate ‘ghost smoke’ candy

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division has begun an investigation into the ‘ghost smoke’ candy that is said to be sold in Sabah towns.

It was appalling how the cigarette-like candy was being sold and marketed to school children, minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad was quoted as saying by Bernama.

“We have observed the issue and will take immediate action. We cannot allow it,” he said.

The ‘ghost smoke’ candy is consumed by sucking on a straw that resembles a cigarette to produce a smoke-like effect.

It is causing anxiety among parents, who are unsure about the ingredients and the health impact on the user.

Schools in Johor have been told to conduct frequent spot checks to make sure students would not bring or consume the ‘ghost smoke’ candy.

State Education, Human Resources, Science and Technology Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said this following a video showing three students in Kota Kinabalu “smoking” the candy that went viral.

“I urge schools to conduct spot checks to see if any student is in possession of the ‘ghost smoke’ candy,” he said.

“We do not know the effects of this candy, so it is better to prevent it altogether,” he said.

Aminolhuda also urged parents to monitor their children and be aware of where they go after school.

“We should not take things lightly, especially when it comes to our children’s safety,” he said.

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