KOTA KINABALU: Children here have not been consuming the "Ghost Smoke" candy following the recent crackdown by the authorities.
Sabah Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry director Georgie Abas said that they have yet to come across any more cases in follow-up raids since their first seizure on Wednesday (July 24) from a premises in Petagas.
“However, we are still conducting routine checks on a daily basis in many places across Sabah, ” he said when contacted on Sunday (July 28).
State Education Department director Mistirine Radin said they have not received any more complaints from teachers or parents, aside from the reports from Papar.
She said school officials are keeping watch and will make sure such candies are not sold in the canteens.
“We will also not allow students to bring in these candies, ” she added.
The candies first drew attention when a teacher in Papar saw some primary school pupils "vaping" a few weeks ago.
This led the authorities to be concerned that consuming the candy would encourage children to start smoking as they grew older.
There were also concerns that these candies contained substances used in cigarettes such as nicotine, but health officials have confirmed that there were no such ingredients inside.
However, the candies have been confiscated due to violations under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 among other laws.