Vape Ban Will Affect RM2.27 Billion Bumiputera-led Local Industry

MEVTA and MRECA also said the Government should develop a regulatory framework for the vape industry which has been delayed for so long and differentiate regulations for the vape industry from cigarettes.

Vape Ban Will Affect RM2.27 Billion Bumiputera-led Local Industry

Kuala Lumpur, 21 July 2022 – The Malaysia E-Vaporizers & Tobacco Alternative Association (MEVTA) and the Malaysia Retail Electronic Cigarette Association (MRECA) today urged the Cabinet to review the ban on the sale of vape to individuals born in 2005 which will ban the industry local vape in the future and affect the industry which is worth RM2.27 billion.

Recently, the Health Minister said the Cabinet has approved the Malaysian Ministry of Health's proposal on the ban, which will result in the local vape industry being banned in the future.

“Cigarettes and vape are two different products and should not be equated in the same category within this ban. Vape is a less risky alternative to cigarettes and can help hardcore smokers quit smoking,” said Mohamad Neezam Talib, President of the Malaysia E-Vaporizers & Tobacco Alternative Association (MEVTA).

“The government should see vape as a method to reduce the number of smokers in the country as it has proven effective in other countries. This policy sends the wrong message to smokers today because it equates cigarettes and vape as products that have the same risks,” he added.

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Datuk Adzwan Ab Manas, President of the Malaysia Retail Electronic Cigarette Association (MRECA) said, “Malaysia's local vape industry is primarily made up of Bumiputera entrepreneurs and this policy will have an impact in the long run.

“The fate of the RM2.27 billion industry as well as 15,000 employees and 3,000 vape businesses in Malaysia will be affected if the Government does not give due consideration with this ban.

“Malaysia is considered as one of the leading vape producers in the world. It also has great potential to attract domestic and foreign investors. With this policy, it will stunt the potential of Malaysia as a producer of vape products in the world," he added.

MEVTA and MRECA also said the Government should develop a regulatory framework for the vape industry which has been delayed for so long and differentiate regulations for the vape industry from cigarettes.