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Subra: Stop Vaping Until Risks Are Announced

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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 months’ 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.

“The smokers will experience the usual effects of smoking tobacco except that the tar content might be lower.

“So, our advice is to stay away from shisa and electronic cigarette until we have a comprehensive findings on the risks,” 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.

“Don’t make it a habit or think it is fashionable. Stop smoking altogether for a healthier life,” 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 “haram” after a report by the World Health Organisation stated that it was detrimental to health and could cause cancer.

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