Vape or traditionally known as an electronic cigarette is a controversial topic in Malaysia. From the uncertainty enforcement from the authority, the “buang-harga” seller, the never-ending FB group drama, to the “budak-budak baru nak up, cloud vaping kat mamak restoran sampai kacau orang” type. But one thing for sure that will unite us all is the topic of BANNING of VAPE.
The last crucial update from Ska Mohd Basir, President of MoVE (Malaysian Organization of Vape Entity) on 2nd of October 2015 was:
Briefly, he was notified by “orang atas” that vape will be banned commencing soon. Rumour has it, it is going to be around November. Two main points that are brought up by the authority are uncontrollable selling to the underage and inadequate standard of manufacturing of e-liquids.
Seriously, HELLO !!!! why don’t we deal with the elephant in the room first before looking at the dust under our feet? Just ask any school how many of their student got suspended or expelled because of smoking in school area? Even some of my friends used to smoke in school back then, AND it was a boarding school.
The statement above released a day after OMGvapefest 2015 Press Conference happened on 1st October at SACC Shah Alam. During the PC, Mr Ska was very confident that we are moving positively towards the regulation of vape in Malaysia. Even one of the Youth Parliment member, Ridhwan Rosli attended the PC and gave his full support to MoVE and OMGvapefest 2015. He mentioned that if a total ban were to enforce, vape scene will move under the radar or black market.
Harder to get, YES. But, should we punish people for doing nothing harmful? The only thing that will be harmed, for me personally, is the TAX. Yeap, only that.
Just legalize vape. I mean seriously, look at graffiti. Yes, it is illegal to do it on private property. But with the proper channel, graffiti is considered art. Get on LRT heading from KL Sentral to Pasar Seni, and you can see all these graffiti that once considered ILLEGAL, become art. While vape is not totally an art form, it can become something.
Authority of Malaysia should catch up. The world is not going to wait us. The uncertainty arises because we don’t have any part of the law specific to vape. Is vape illegal? Is it illegal for under-18 to vape? Is it illegal to brew an e-liquids? Ok, even the basic question, what is the definition of vape according to our book of law?
Vape or electronic cigarette started in 1963 and the modern one date in 2003. How long does it take for the authority to catch up?
LEGALIZE or face the BLACK MARKET.