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During the presentation of Budget 2022 in Parliament on 29 October, the Malaysian Government announced that it will excise levies on nicotine vapour products.
This means that it is planning to impose a tax on nicotine-based liquid products for electronic cigarettes or vape devices.
British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad (BAT Malaysia) takes the announcement by the Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, as a sign that the government will legalise vapour products next year.
BAT Malaysia promotes nicotine-based liquid products as a “reduced-risk alternative to smoking”.
However, no regulations were imposed, leaving the legality of nicotine vapour products in limbo.
Regulation will not only allow vape users access to reduced-risk alternatives to smoking but also ensure the products used are compliant with quality and safety standards.BAT Malaysia Managing Director, Nedal Salem
At the same time, BAT Malaysia feels that the tax should not be too high to discourage consumers from favouring cheap, unregulated black market alternatives instead.
BAT Malaysia are the makers of brands like Dunhill, Kent, Peter Stuyvesant, Pall Mall And Rothmans.