KUALA LUMPUR: With the arguments over ganja-flavoured electronic cigarettes still simmering, another trend has emerged.
The electronic shisha stick-smoking which can be addictive is fast becoming popular, especially among students.
The stick, in the shape and size of a pen, is concealable and comes in a variety of colours, as a posting and photograph uploaded by a Facebook user has shown. The posting has gone viral since last week.
The stick is affordably priced at between RM17 and RM20, with an array of flavours, drawing students to it.
Bernama discovered that the sticks were secretly sold to certain groups and could be found, among others, in convenience stores in the city.
A reporter from the news agency, in his early 40s, posed as a buyer at the Danau Kota late-night market in Setapak here but failed to buy the item when a trader of electronic cigarettes gave many reasons for not selling it.
The trader, who only wanted to be known as Nizam, was at first not upfront about selling it but after much persuasion, admitted to having sold it.
â€œI have sold it before, but now thereâ€™s no more stock,â€ he said.
However, another reporter, in his early 20s, posing as a student, managed to buy a shisha stick in a Jalan Bukit Bintang convenience store selling groceries from the Middle East.
The stick was not sold openly and the trader, known as Malek, only took out the stick after the previous customer exited the store.
â€œDo you want this one (shisha stick)?â€ asked Malek, adding that he only had eight sticks left.