After Johor, Kelantan bans vape stores, traders get 14 days to clear out

PAS-led Kelantan has decided to stop issuing licenses for vape outlets starting January 1. ― File pic
PAS-led Kelantan has decided to stop issuing licenses for vape outlets starting January 1. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 ― The PAS-led Kelantan state government has decided to maintain its decision to stop issuing licenses for vape outlets starting January 1, following Johor that will enforce a similar ban beginning next year.

Malay news portal Sinar Online reported Kelantan Local Government, Housing, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Ab Fattah Mahmood as telling reporters in Kota Baru today that vape sellers have 14 days to vacate their premises.

“We will take action, including confiscating devices if we find that traders continue to sell vape products after January 1,” he was quoted saying.

“So far, the traders have applied for business licenses for electronic products and other goods to open their businesses,” he added.

The Johor state government has moved to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes starting January 1 after the state ruler called for a ban on vape outlets, but Putrajaya has yet to decide on vaping policies.

A vape trader was charged under the Poisons Act 1952 yesterday in Kota Baru, believed to be the first case against vaping.

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