KOTA KINABALU: The crackdown on the sale of vape-like candies called "Ghost Smoke" have started in Sabah.
Officials from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) here started an operation around Papar at around 10.30am and several other areas.
An officer from the KPDNHEP said they have yet to identify other places, but would investigate.
On Monday (July 22), the Sabah Health Department confiscated some 700 of these candies, which allow consumers to puff out "smoke", in towns across Sabah for labelling offences under the Food Acts 1983.
There are no labelling of additives on the items, which is an offence under the Act.
Meanwhile, schools in Sabah have been alerted on the sale of such candies and urged to monitor their students.
Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin said a circular from the Sabah Health Department had been issued to schools in Papar district, where the candies were reportedly first sold.
“However, our jurisdiction lies within the school grounds, so we can make sure that our school canteens do not sell these candies,” she said.
She urged parents in other districts to keep an eye on their children and to stop them from buying the candies.
Mistirine said they would wait for further directives from the Education and Health Ministry on the next course of action.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said, apart from Papar, these candies seemed be sold in his constituency of Tuaran too.
“Although we have yet to know its health implications, it is wise that all these candies are retracted and banned from being sold,” he said.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had called for a ban on these candies, which emit smoke-like cigarettes.
The Women, Family and Community Development minister did not discount the possibility that "Ghost Smoke" could be the beginning of a drug-addiction problem.
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