BAT urges govt to consult industry on vaping laws


BRITISH American Tobacco (M) Bhd (BAT) hopes that the government will consult with the industry players on the move to introduce new laws to regulate e-cigarettes, also known as vape.

Its MD Erik Stoel said the company strongly supported the move to introduce new laws to regulate e-cigarettes, and the industry should be consulted to ensure robust quality and safety standards requirements were considered, such as those set by the British Standards Institution on e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

“Banning e-cigarettes will only encourage consumers to continue buying unregulated products. Already, Malaysian law enforcement agencies are facing a huge task of clamping down on illegal cigarettes,” he said in a statement.

He said the recent events in the US showed just how important it is to have effective regulations and enforcement to ensure product safety and to prevent youth access.

There has been an outbreak of vaping-related respiratory illness in the US, with the death toll rising to nine so far, based on reports.

“It is disappointing that up until today, we have not been consulted on these new regulations, especially at a time when effective regulations and policies are required to ensure that vaping products are safe and not sold to the underaged,” he added.