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LAST_UPDATETue, 21 Nov 2017 12pm

Non-Smoking Areas Soon To Be 'Non-Vaping' Areas As Well

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has concluded that the use of vapes or e-cigarettes in the state will be subjected to the Health Ministry's policies and direction.

State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs executive councillor Dr Daroyah Alwi said the decision was made after a special workshop held with several other agencies in Pulau Carey on Jan 10.

“The summary of the discussion at the three-day workshop was brought to the state executive council meeting today.

“We agreed that the vape issue needs to be addressed responsibly.

“The state government urges the ministry to enact, study and review the Act and the law to enable full effective enforcement,” she said.

Daroyah said, in accordance with the ministry's letter dated Dec 9 last year, the state agreed it will not grant business licenses to vape operators.

She said as such, until a decision is reached by the Federal government, the state will not be issuing any approvals and renewal of business licenses to such operators.

"So far, about 69 licenses have been issued. Out of 69, 30 are temporary licences. Meanwhile, the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to children under age 18 is maintained, just as the ban of the sale on tobacco and cigarettes," she said.

All Acts that are involved in the implementation of the vape issue such as the Poison Act 1952, Sale of Drugs Act 1952, Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985 are under the Health Ministry’s jurisdiction, and not the state, she said.

She, however, said the state government will increase its awareness and educate the public on the effects and harms of vaping by organising more campaigns and programs.

She said the state, via its local authorities, will soon declare all non-smoking areas in Selangor to be non-vape areas as well.

"The ruling will mainly focus on government premises such as hospitals, educational institutions, places of worship, parks and recreational centres," she said.

- NST