NUSAJAYA: Johor has officially become the first state in the country to ban vaping, including taking action against users and traders who sell both liquid flavours and mods.
In a much expected move, the Johor government decided at its weekly executive councillors meeting, chaired by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin at Bangunan Dato Jaafar here, to implement the ban.
State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said that from Jan 1, 2016, all vape shops in Johor would be officially closed down.
He said that according to records from local councils, there were about 120 vape premises throughout Johor which operated under convenience store, electronic and food licences.
â€œAfter taking public health into consideration, the state government will not allow any vape shops to sell both the vape liquids or mods or operate publicly in Johor,â€ he said at a press conference yesterday.
Abdul Latiff said a directive would be given to all local councils in Johor to implement the new ruling.
Action against errant traders would include a maximum compound of RM2,000 and seizure of the items.
Meanwhile, State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the state government, through the Health Department, would also take action against such traders under the Poison Act 1952.
Ayub also pointed out that the state government would also be widening its Johor Free From Smoking campaign to include vaping.
Twenty gazetted areas, which consist of public recreational areas and government buildings, would become non-vaping areas.
It was recently reported in The Star that Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had ordered a ban on vaping in the state.