PETALING JAYA: Stricter regulations for vape and electronic cigarettes are expected to be implemented in August, according to Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The Health Minister stated that despite multiple delays, the ministry is striving to have the Regulations and Orders endorsed by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

Malaysia Stricter Vape Laws to be Implemented Next Month

The new regulations are set to be enforced alongside the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Act 2024 (Act 852).

“While I truly understand the anxiety caused by the delay in the implementation of the ‘Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Act 2024 (Act 852),’

I seek your empathy that the Health Ministry is doing its level best to get the ‘Regulations & Orders’ endorsed by the AGC,” he said on X, formerly Twitter, in a reply to a user named Aisehman.

Dr. Dzulkefly mentioned that three regulations have already been endorsed, while two more regulations and an order are pending approval. “Finally‚Ķ the regulations and order shall be enforced together with Act 852 in August. God willing, no more delays,” he added.

On June 8, Dzulkefly announced that electronic cigarettes would be strictly regulated under the new Act, which was gazetted in February. However, The Star’s checks on the AGC federal legislation site show that it is “not yet in force.”

Currently, the use of electronic cigarettes is regulated under the Food Act and the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations. The Malaysian Medical Association has recently expressed concerns that the delay has posed significant public health risks and allowed the vaping industry to exploit regulatory gaps, particularly around educational institutions with vape kiosks nearby.

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