A few weeks ago, a teacher spotted primary students in Sabah “vaping”. The children were consuming “Ghost Smoke” candy, a confectionary that emits smoke after dissolving in the mouth.
This prompted the authorities to confiscate the products and raised concerns of cigarette alternatives that appealed to the younger generation.
Today (Jul 28), the Health Ministry announced its intention to push for a law to regulate products like vapes, shishas and e-cigarettes, NST reported.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said a new law would be drafted in order to tackle the issues comprehensively.
‘’We, at the ministry, are formulating the Tobacco Act to work on the whole problem comprehensively, which is limited currently, and it will be tabled soon.
‘’At the moment, it is being viewed by the MoH’s legal advisers and is set to be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers soon,’’ he said.
He also said there would be more enforcement efforts in place to curb the accessibility of these cigarette alternatives to the minors.
Previously, it was speculated that the “Ghost Smoke” candy contains substances used in cigarettes such as nicotine but health officers denied the claim, The Star reported.
The Ministry is currently studying samples of the product and it would announce its finding soon.
“We have taken samples and are investigating these sweets. Maybe next week, we will make a clear stand on this,’’ Dr Dzulkefly said.
You can watch how the kids consume “Ghost Smoke” candy here:
Products like e-cigarettes and vapes can be nicotine-free but should youths under the age of 18 able to get their hands on such products?
We hope the Ministry can clear things out with the new legislation.
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