KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Well being Minister Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned he plans to desk new laws regulating digital cigarettes and vaping merchandise within the first Dewan Rakyat assembly subsequent yr.
After a brand new Cupboard determination primarily based on a Finance Ministry memorandum final July 14 on the regulation of e-cigarettes, the Ministry of Well being (MOH) has taken motion to overview and make enhancements on a draft Invoice to control these merchandise.
Khairy mentioned that the enhancements and amendments on the draft Invoice will pave the way in which to implement strict regulation of cigarette merchandise, as desired by the federal government.
This up to date draft Invoice will even cowl the management of all standard smoking merchandise, specifically cigarettes and different tobacco merchandise. Cigarettes and tobacco merchandise are presently regulated below the Management of Tobacco Product Rules 2004 (PPHKT) below the Meals Act of 1983.
“This new Act will enable more comprehensive controls, especially on new emerging smoking products that will attract more young smokers that still threaten the health of Malaysians,” Khairy mentioned in a written November 23 reply to Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Md Salley.
Shahruddin had requested MOH to state the event of the brand new Act masking using tobacco, vape, digital cigarettes and shisha, which ought to have been tabled in 2020.
“A Cabinet memorandum related to the draft of the new Act will be taken up soon. MOH aims to table the first, second and third readings of the draft of this Act no later than the first Dewan Rakyat session in 2022,” Khairy mentioned.
“The draft of the new Act on the regulation of tobacco and electronic cigarette products was previously prepared and drafted based on the decision of the Cabinet in 2016 through a joint memorandum of the MOH, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
“The draft Act was sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers in August 2019 for drafting but was returned to MOH to obtain a new mandate from the government following several changes in the country’s leadership since 2018.”
The federal government introduced throughout the tabling of Price range 2022 that e-cigarette and vape liquids containing nicotine can be taxed, angering anti-tobacco teams who keep that these merchandise needs to be utterly banned.