PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11, 2016:

The government’s decision on banning electronic cigarettes, or better known as e-cigarettes will be released by the end of this month, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

He said the ministry is prepared to propose the suggestion to the Cabinet for the latter to have the last say.

“I realised that some state governments have announced the banning of vape, but there is still confusion on vaping and whether vape related products can still be sold.

“Therefore, the final decision will be determined by the Cabinet at the end of January,” he said during a Press conference after officiating the ministry’s excellence service awards, today.

Hamzah further explained that discussions on the matter focused on the type of devices used in e-cigarettes as well as the health consequences of vaping since it used nicotine.

For example, he said, after obtaining the results (from discussions), it would be decided which standard mode devices of vape products could be used and which of them should be banned.

“Maybe the ones that would be banned are those emitting smoke and containing nicotine. Those with nicotine can cause people to suffer from health problems.

“We have obtained the research results from other countries and not only limited our research to our country, so we will let the Cabinet decide,” he said.

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