GEORGE TOWN, Jan 22, 2016:

The Penang government has no plan to ban vaping, but is looking for the best approach to monitor its use, says State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin.

He said the state government had no plan to emulate some states in the country in banning vaping .

“We have held dialogues with vape traders over the past two weeks, but no decision on the matter has been made. The vape traders can continue with their business,” he told reporters after a dialogue with the vape traders here last night.

The dialogue was attended by more than 30 vape traders, including Penang Vape Traders chairman Muhammad Hafidz Adnan and Malaysian E-Vapouriser and Tobacco Alternative Association president Allan Foo.

On Dec 4 last year, the Penang Fatwa Council ruled e-cigarettes or vaping, as well as shisha as ‘haram’ (prohibited in Islam).

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