JOHOR BARU, July 30, 2015:

All state police contingents have been ordered to focus on vaping e-liquids and e-cigarettes that contain marijuana and other illicit drugs in an effort to stem the drug menace.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) director Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that the respective state narcotics chiefs will have to monitor the e-liquids and also vaping communities for usage of marijuana-laced or flavoured elements.

“The police is taking a serious view on the matter by taking a pro-active approach as a first step.

“At the federal level, we have already formed a special task force to investigate the vaping e-liquids and e-cigarettes that contain marijuana or other illicit substances,” said Mokhtar.

He said this during the sidelines of a Hari Raya Aidilfitri reception hosted by the Johor police at the state police contingent headquarters here today.

Mokhtar said police were confident that all state police contingents will give their cooperation in addressing the matter.

He explained that there is a need to curb the usage of illegal substances in vaping e-liquids and also e-cigarettes before it becomes widespread.

Mokhtar said police are also looking into the shisha users who are said to add marijuana with flavoured tobacco for their smoking pleasure.

“We (police) are aware about this and rest assured that we are looking into this as well,” he said.

Previously, the police warned that any party that tries to promote, bid on or sell flavoured e-liquids that contain any kind of drug and banned substance that is against the law, to be used in e-cigarettes, can be charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

This came after The Rakyat Post reported early this week that there was growing concern about the vaping community refilling their devices with liquid marijuana, liquid ketamine, poppy extracts or even ketum juice.

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