KOTA KINABALU, Jan 21, 2016:

The Sabah Fatwa Council joined the bandwagon by declaring a ban on electronic cigarettes, shisha and vaping among Muslims in the state today.

Citing that the three items posed health hazards to its users, Sabah Mufti Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar said the decision was made following a meeting by a 10-member panel of experts comprising academicians, advisers and former practitioners from both civil and syariah courts and a representative from the Attorney General’s Chambers.

“The committee has declared that Muslims in Sabah are banned from smoking or being involved in any activities related to shisha, e-cigarettes and vape with immediate effect,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting, adding the decision was also in line with the National Fatwa Council’s decision to ban the items among Muslims in the country.

He added that the decision will be submitted to the Islamic Religious Council Sabah (MUIS) to be tabled for gazetting by the state government.

“We don’t actually have a time frame (to submit the decree to MUIS) but hope to do this as soon as possible.

“Only when it is gazetted by the Sabah Government can we proceed to impose punishments on those who go against the law,” he said.

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