Penang mulls ban on vaping at non-smoking zones

Penang government is looking into a ban on vapers from puffing at no-smoking zones. — File pic
Penang government is looking into a ban on vapers from puffing at no-smoking zones. — File pic

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 17 — The DAP-led Penang government is looking into the possibility of banning vapers from puffing at no-smoking zones.

State executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin (Seberang Jaya – PKR) said the state is also worried about the spread of vaping, especially among schoolchildren.

“The state has a Smoke Free Penang initiative at gazetted areas and we have proposed that vaping will also not be allowed in these non-smoking zones,” he said when interrupting a speech by backbencher, RSN Rayer (Seri Delima – DAP).

Dr Afif said they are studying ways to do it legally as currently, only e-cigarettes that contained nicotine are regulated under the Poison Act.

“Vapes that do not contain nicotine are not regulated under any law so we have to study the law on how to do this,” he said.

Earlier, Rayer spoke on the negative influences of vaping on children, pointing out that vape shops were mushrooming and claimed they were accessible to anyone, including students in their school uniform.

“Some of these places are dark places where vape can be misused,” he said, and gave an example of three vape shops in Perak Road.

“This is very worrying because students in school uniforms are going into these places openly,” he added.

Vaping has been a contentious issue with Malaysia reportedly the world’s second biggest market after the US.

The Health Ministry is also seeking to ban vaping and has started a crackdown on shops selling vape liquids that contained substances listed in the Poison Act.