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Temporarily Stop E-Cig, Shihsa Smoking, Says Dr Subramaniam

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PUTRAJAYA – Smoking using the shisha and electronic cigarette or vaping methods should be temporarily stopped until the findings on the risks are announced in two months time, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said his ministry was in discussions with various agencies and related parties to get their views on the effects these methods of smoking have on health.

“From the ministry’s viewpoint, we deem these to be also smoking but just using different methods. The smokers will experience the usual effects of smoking except that the tar content might be lower while the nicotine effect remains the same.

“Don’t make it (shisha or electronic cigarette smoking) a habit or think it is fashionable,” he told a press conference here today.

An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking, but without the tobacco combustion (Source: Wikipedia). – BERNAMA

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