INTEGRATED OPERATIONS TO CURB USE OF E-CIGARETTES, VAPING IN NEGERI SEMBILAN - EXCO

MUHAMMAD NAJIEB AHMAD FUAD

SEREMBAN, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- Integrated enforcement on premises selling vape liquid are among the measures taken by the state government to curb the use of e-cigarettes and vape in Negeri Sembilan.

These measures were taken through the Pharmacy Enforcement Branch and the Inspectorate and Legal Unit of the State Health Department.

State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the operation launched on Aug 20 had seized 162 items of vape liquid products believed to contain nicotine which violates the provisions of the Poisons Act 1952.

“In addition, an integrated operation was carried out involving various enforcement agencies including the police on Oct 31 on vape liquid processing plants. Four factories in Tampin, Nilai and Seremban were raided, involving a seizure of 572 items of vaping liquid containing nicotine.

"The State Health Department through the Inspectorate and Legal Unit continues to carry out enforcement activities against the use of electronic cigarettes containing tobacco products by minors who are 18 years and below, especially school students,” he said here, today.

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He said this in response to a question from Yap Yew Meng (PH-Mambau) who wanted to know the state government’s plans on the issue of e-cigarette and vape use during a question-and-answer session at the Third Meeting (Budget) of the Second Term of Negeri Sembilan state assembly, today.

Meanwhile, laughter broke out at the assembly hall when Datuk Seri Dr Awaluddin Said (BN-Kota), in a supplementary question, asked Veerapan which is more dangerous, smoking a cigarette, cheroot or vaping.

Veerapan, who is also Repah assemblyman replied that all three were dangerous.

“Everything is dangerous, electronic cigarettes, vape containing 2mg nicotine is enough to cause stomach upset while nicotine over 40mg can cause death,” he said.

In another development, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the total gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for Negeri Sembilan was RM43,047 which is higher than the RM41,733 recorded in 2017.

“This achievement shows that the state's per capita income is in line with Malaysia's RM44,682,” he said.

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