Government needs to rethink ban on vaping

THE haze has come and gone, but there is still a cloud of smoke hanging over the issue of e-cigarettes.


NSTletters: Almost every other day or week, there is yet another Malaysian voice clamouring in the mainstream media or on social media for a blanket ban on these devices, also known as vape.

THE haze has come and gone, but there is still a cloud of smoke hanging over the issue of e-cigarettes.

No one in their right mind can claim otherwise, and no one is claiming such.

Banning means that there are less avenues for users to gain proper information, whether to continue smoking or to do so in the safest manner possible.

Of all the arguments for not banning e-cigarettes — whether economic or moralistic — it is the harm reduction argument which factually established that using vape will lead to less medical complications.

in Seoul, South Korea, where he said that tobacco harm reduction is a necessity and should be considered in curbing the smoking habit.

opined that drugs should be legalised, because it is a black

If the government were to go ahead and enforce the ban, it would do nothing to help anyone at all.

There are several alternative actions that can be considered and implemented, and smokers in Malaysia have seen their rights and freedoms curtailed in the past few years.

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