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Majority Of Malaysian Vapers Believe Vape & Cigarettes Shouldn’t Be Regulated The Same Way

Majority Of Malaysian Vapers Believe Vape & Cigarettes Shouldn’t Be Regulated The Same Way

1,000 vape users shared their views on vape regulations in Malaysia.

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A majority of Malaysian vape users have shared their support for the introduction of vape regulations in Malaysia.

90% of them said that any regulations developed for vaping must be different from traditional cigarettes.

84% of vape users believe vaping to be a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes.

These findings are derived from a poll that was recently commissioned by the Malaysian Vapers Alliance (MVA), a local vape consumer advocacy group.

The poll was open to the public for close to a week, saw some 1,000 vape users sharing their views on vape regulations in Malaysia.

(Credit: MVA)

MVA President Khairil Azizi Khairuddin explained that despite an ever-growing amount of independent evidence proving that
vaping has risks but is much, much less harmful than smoking, the government continues to group vape products together with traditional cigarettes.

He said that the products could not be any more different from one another, and their survey proves that the vaping community in Malaysia agrees.

Vape has already changed the lives of millions of smokers for the better globally and locally, and we can continue in this traction if regulators develop a framework that is differentiated and evidence-based.

MVA President Khairil Azizi Khairuddin

Khairil said that regulations must strike a balance between ensuring vaping products are available for smokers who want to switch to a less harmful alternative and ensuring these products are not marketed or sold to young people.

Findings from MVA also show that vape consumers want regulations that are in tandem with their usage and preference.

For example, 79% vape users have indicated that they use vape liquids containing 40mg to 50mg nicotine. If regulations cap nicotine levels lower than that threshold, then 85% have said that they will resort to purchasing vape liquids that are not regulated.

MVA President Khairil Azizi Khairuddin

He noted that unregulated vape liquids are not bound to any levels of quality and safety standards.

In addition to creating a black market for vape products, such a situation may also be detrimental to the safety of vape consumers if they opt for unregulated products.

MVA President Khairil Azizi Khairuddin

Khairil said that Malaysia stands at a critical point of developing regulations beneficial to consumers.

We now stand at a very critical place, as we have the opportunity to develop a set of regulations that will not only be beneficial to the economy but also serve the needs of the local vaping community that is growing beyond a million Malaysians.

MVA President Khairil Azizi Khairuddin

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