PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The Health Ministry has formed a special committee to study the issues surrounding the vape industry following a heated debate over a proposed ban on vaping.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that the committee would be the point of reference over the issues to prevent conflicting statements from other Government departments.
- "The committee is being chaired by director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, deputy director-general for public health Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, disease control department director Dr Chong Chee Keong and several other experts," he said.
- Noor Hisham, speaking to reporters at the same event, said that the committee would be meeting on Monday, and would issue an official statement after discussing the matter together.
On Thursday, vape store owners were caught by surprise when the Health Ministry conducted a nationwide raid which businessmen claimed caused losses running into millions of ringgit.
A Health Ministry spokesman said that the raid and confiscation were done to monitor the nicotine content of vape liquid in the market, and that some stores did not possess a valid license.
Source: The Star