PUTRAJAYA: The public have been advised to temporarily stop smoking shisha and e-cigarette or vaping until the findings on their risks are announced in two monthsâ€™ time.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry was in discussion with various agencies and related parties on the effects these methods of smoking have on the health.
â€œThe smokers will experience the usual effects of smoking tobacco except that the tar content might be lower.
â€œSo, our advice is to stay away from shisa and electronic cigarette until we have a comprehensive findings on the risks,â€ he said here yesterday.
Dr Subramanian added that it would be better if the public could just stop smoking, including the sisha and e-cigarette.
â€œDonâ€™t make it a habit or think it is fashionable. Stop smoking altogether for a healthier life,â€ he said.
E-cigarette, personal vaporizer or electronic nicotine delivery system have been described in Wikipedia as a battery-powered vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking, but without the tobacco combustion.
Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri had recently said that smoking e-cigarette was â€œharamâ€ after a report by the World Health Organisation stated that it was detrimental to health and could cause cancer.