KOTA BHARU – The Kelantan government will be making a decision on the sale of vape (e-cigarette) in the state on Dec 16.
State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood said this was due to the similarities of vape with shisha smoking, which has been banned in Kelantan since several years ago.
“Vape is merely an improvement on shisha. The state government has decided not to issue any licence to sell vape due to negative reports until we make a final decision on Dec 16,” he told reporters after the state executive council meeting here, today.
He said the local authorities had been directed to issue letters to vape entrepreneurs instructing them to take down sign boards and banners at their shops.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, prior to this, was reported to have ordered a ban on the sale of vape in Johor and all outlets selling vape were given until Jan 1 to close down.
Meanwhile, in JOHOR BAHARU, there was no influx of buyers of vape products at outlets in the state since Sultan Ibrahim’s decree.
A check at several locations in the city found traders still operating normally despite knowing they only had a month left.
Saiful Bahari Badarudin, 40, said: “No customers have turned up to buy in bulk, maybe they will do so nearing the deadline.”
Saiful Bahari, who trades at Bazar Karat, said he sold his products at the normal prices and did not not give discounts of up to 70 per cent as rumoured.
Another trader, Mohd Izwandi Suhaimi, 29, said he would await an offiical decision on the ban.
In SEREMBAN, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Seri Mohamad Hasan said the state government was leaving it to the ministries concerned, the Health Ministry and Home Ministry, to arrive at a decision (whether to ban or not ban vaping).
“If it is found that the nicotine content is high then it is for the Health Ministry to decide and if it leads to drug abuse, let the Home Ministry make a decision,” he said, adding that the state government would follow whatever decisions were taken by the two ministries.
Mohamad was speaking to reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting today.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, the state executive councillor in charge for Terengganu Datuk Muhammad Pehimi Yusof said the state government would ask the Mufti’s Office to conduct a study on vaping before making a decision on the matter.
“For now the Terengganu government is not going to enforce a ban (on vaping) as to our knowledge, the National Fatwa Council has yet to issue and edict on this,” he said when winding up debate at the State Assembly sitting today. – BERNAMA