The GEG makes life even harder for coffee shop operators encountering staff shortages and a competitive illegal cigarette market
It is unfair for legal entities such as ours. We pay tax and contribute to the country, while illegal entities evade tax, and their business continues to flourish.
The ban will also drive those born after 2007 to the illegal market, thus making the control even more difficult to manage in the long term.
This is an extremely heavy-handed approach, especially for vape users, and will create a new generation of criminals that are penalised for buying or using a substance that is legally permitted to everyone else.
According to Suresh, restaurant owners have already suffered severely due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, rising cost of goods and staff shortages and the new regulations will add to their difficulties
Salem says the Ministry should pursue a science based regulatory framework, informed by the positions of countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where vaping is acknowledged as significantly less harmful and a viable alternative to reduce smoking prevalence.