Monday, 11 April 2022, 12:41 pm
Press Release: CAPHRA
Malaysia’s long-time ban on the sale of vaping merchandise is about to finish, saving 1000’s of lives yearly, says main native advocacy group MOVE (Malaysian Organization of Vape Entities).
Taking impact on 3 August, the regulation of vaping units precedes the upcoming legalization of vape gross sales. It follows years of campaigning by MOVE and different Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) supporters.
The Malaysian Government has now moved to gazette the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Electronic Cigarette Devices Order 2022 below the Trade Descriptions Act 2011. Manufacturers and importers might want to guarantee all units are licensed and labelled to point out shoppers that security requirements have been met and the merchandise are secure to make use of. All e-liquids will must be registered.
“This is historic news after a long-fought battle. It paves the way for a legalized market and safer products. Regulating vaping products, restricting sales to adults, and applying significant penalties to any breaches will help many more Malaysian smokers to quit deadly cigarettes,” says Samsul Kamal Ariffin, President of MOVE.
Mr Ariffin says in latest months there have been irritating parliamentary delays in progressing the Tobacco & Smoking Control Bill – not helped by the pending basic election. However, with the protection requirements now gazetted, it units in practice the legalization of vapes gross sales.
“Regulating, not banning, vaping will not only save smokers lives it will generate much needed tax revenue for our country which is desperately needed post pandemic.
“This is not only good news for smokers and their loved ones, but every Malaysian will benefit from the extra revenue gained from vape manufacturing, importing and sales. Up until now it has been a black market with unapproved products not contributing tax and with no safety assurances,” he says.
MOVE pays tribute to the management of Malaysia’s Health Minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin who championed the Government’s choice to manage the vape trade.
“The Government has done well in preparing the legislation and regulation of products deemed 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco. It fully understands that making safer nicotine products legally accessible is the only way to seriously reduce Malaysia’s unnecessarily high smoking rates,” says Mr Ariffin.
CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates) agrees that Malaysia’s management on vaping will see the nation’s smoking charges will dramatically fall.
“Malaysia will join 67 other progressive countries worldwide which have adopted regulatory frameworks on safer nicotine products. Importantly, all of them have subsequently registered a dramatic decline in smoking,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA.
CAPHRA says efficient advocacy from Malaysian shopper teams was key to the Government’s choice final yr to legalise liquid nicotine and transfer ahead with regulation.
“We’re particularly proud of our member organisation MOVE and Samsul’s tireless advocacy over many years. The 3rd of August is worthy of a big celebration and will be well noted across the Asia Pacific region. Vaping bans fail badly – as Australia is discovering the hard way,” says Ms Loucas.
A worldwide collaboration of THR shopper teams, sCOPe, has launched a complete library of on-line panel discussions and shows. In November 2021, sCOPe broadcast across the clock throughout COP9 – the ninth Conference of Parties for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). To entry sCOPe’s on-line library go to, https://bit.ly/319zzkx
Boasting over 14,000 testimonials, CAPHRA is asking on those that’ve stop cigarettes by smoke-free nicotine alternate options to inform their story on www.righttovape.org
For a free digital media repository on tobacco hurt discount in Asia Pacific – together with media releases, photographs and graphics – please go to https://apthrmedia.org
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of shopper tobacco hurt discount advocacy organizations. Its mission is to teach, advocate and characterize the proper of grownup various nicotine shoppers to entry and use of merchandise that cut back hurt from tobacco use.
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