If you thought the UK was strict on vaping, count yourself lucky you don’t live in Malaysia. The state of Selangor has announced a new law that will outlaw vaping in public parks, shops, petrol stations, and other locations such as hospitals and buildings with air conditioning.
Since Selangor is the biggest state by population in the whole of Malaysia, this new law could potentially affect many people. The country is also Islamic, and vaping has now been viewed as ‘haram’. This simply means Islam forbids you to do it – despite the fact many people living in Malaysia either smoke or vape. Clearly, the authorities want to change this, as you’ll see if you read on.
Although most people ignore the ruling against smoking and vaping, the new law could change things. Penalties are set to be harsh, too. If someone is caught vaping where they shouldn’t, they will be subjected to a potential fine of over $2,300. Oh, and that doesn’t include the prison sentence that could last up to two years. There is a possibility it won’t be enforced, but if there is no intention of doing so, why bring the new law in to begin with?
The law comes into effect as part of the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017. One newspaper reported the step as only part of the drive towards making the entire country smoke-free before 2045. However, it ignores the fact vaping is not smoking, and can be a productive solution for those looking to quit smoking.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think those in charge in Malaysia are being unfair to vapers, when this could be the best thing to help people quit smoking? Let us know your thoughts on the topic below.read more