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KOTA BARU, Dec 19, 2015:

Following the Kelantan state government’s decision to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), more commonly known as vape, over 50 vape traders conducted a mass auction of the devices in Lundang, yesterday.

The ban which will be enforced in January will see vendors suffering thousands of ringgit in losses.

Solidariti Vape Malaysia Kelantan spokesperson Mohd Khaleb Khan Nasir Khan said that in order to cut down losses, vendors were forced to auction off the vape devices which included the flavours or juices and other associated accessories.

Even with the auction, Mohd Khaleb said that they were unable to exhaust their existing stock.

“Therefore, we request that the state government allow us another six months to finish selling off our stocks.

“We will make an appeal to the state government and the Kota Baru Municipal Council to extend the period for us to sell our devices,” he told the media yesterday.

A vendor who wished to be named only as Fadhli, 27, said that he took the opportunity at the auction to sell all of his vape devices.

He explained that he started his business in the middle of June this year and that the loans acquired as capital for the business were nearly RM100,000.

“I was forced to join the auction to limit losses I would incur caused by the vape ban.

“The discounts given tonight (yesterday) are crazy, the majority of vendors are scrambling to sell off their stocks. There are also those who are offering 20% discounts on electronic devices such as mods, tanks and accessories, while flavours are being sold off as cheaply as RM5 per bottle,” he said.

The Kelantan state government had on Wednesday decided not to issue licences to e-cigarette traders in the state.

Vendors were given 14 days until the first of January to clear out their premises of vape related products in order to avoid having them confiscated.

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