GEORGE TOWN, Dec 23 – Agriculture, Agro-based Industries, Rural Development and Health, Dr. Afif Bahardin urge all ‘Vapers’ or users of electronic cigarettes in the state to comply with ethics as established regular smokers. He said Penang through initiatives taken by the State Government to gazette some areas including public places and around UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town as a non-smoking area.
“Through awareness and education campaign Penang smoker, the State Government has already identified a number of areas gazetted in 2014 as a smoke-free zone. So, I hope ‘Vapers’ can follow the same procedure even if the State has not taken any stance on the use and sale of electronic cigarettes or vape,” he said at a press conference here Wednesday.
“The State Government will consider a policy on the sale and use of vape in the state since the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the federal government has yet to provide any clear policy. For a start, we (the State) took the initiative to organize a dialogue session on January 5, 2016 involving vendors and users vape in the country,” said Afif.
“Not only are users and sellers, but anyone who does not support vape including from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the CAP (Use of the Association of Penang) are also welcome to attend. We will see the progress of the dialogue and taking inputs to provide a policy on this vape,” he explained.
Earlier, the National Fatwa Committee has decided to use electronic cigarettes legal or illegal vape on the Special Dialogue National Fatwa Committee for Religious Affairs, Malaysia. The dialogue session will scheduled on January 5, 2016, (Tuesday), at 12 noon in the Auditorium Level 5, Komtar.