LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

Najib's Son Voices Support For Vaping Culture On Facebook

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s son, Mohd Nazifuddin Najib has expressed his support towards the use of e-cigarettes and vape on his personal Facebook account.

Nazifuddin believes there is no serious harm in using e-cigarette and vape if it’s done in moderation.

He also strongly expressed his opposition to banning e-cigarettes and vape in the country.

“I support vaping if it’s used within reasonable limits. I know a few vapers personally who have quit smoking due to vape.”

“I hope this industry will continue to grow in Malaysia. I reject the proposal to ban this activity. We just have to vape responsibly and ethically,” he stated on his Facebook status update a few days back.

Nazifuddin said vape is fast becoming the new alternative to cigarettes, which will benefit smokers by minimizing their use of cigarettes.

According to him, vaping industries must be recognized following the rise of local entrepreneurs in vape-related businesses.

“We can see a lot of hype surrounding vape and the trend of ‘vaping.’ I feel that it will remain as the alternative to cigarette smoking and thus should be recognized as a creative and innovative invention that emerged from this industry.

“What is even more impressive is the fact that most of the popular products from this industry were produced by our very own young local entrepreneurs.

“There is no doubt that vape addiction is a bad thing. In addition, our society tends to be too critical on the people involved in this industry just based on one extreme and unique incident,” he added.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the Cabinet’s decision not to ban the use of vape last Friday.

A few days after that, Malaysia E-Vaporizers and Tobacco Alternatives Association (Mevta) came out with suggestions for the government to place taxes on e-cigarettes and vape’s flavors to generate national income.

However, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (KMM) has recently launched an operation to seize vape liquids that are suspected to contain nicotine.

According to its Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Subramaniam, KMM has the authority to seize any products containing nicotine under the Poisons ACT 1952 (Revision 1989) and Food Act 1983.

- mD