The use of electronic cigarettes or vape is one of the major issues this year that attracted the attention of various parties, including the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN), the federal government and the state government, the general public and vape users themselves.
While some online blogs say that vape has been based in Malaysia since 2009, the presence of the new trend began to become a concern since August after several reports on the use of vape to become viral on social sites and to attract mass media attention.
Here's a news chronology of the vape issue throughout 2015 in Malaysia.
August 12: KKM proposes temporary stop for vape
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry was discussing with various agencies and related parties to get their views on the effects of vape consumption on health.
"In the ministry's view, we consider it as another form of cigarette but the way it is different. Consumers will get all the effects like smoking cigarettes, but maybe lower tar content but the effect of nicotine is the same," said Subramaniam.
August 14: Cancer expert opinion on vape
The Cancer Screening Center, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), points out that the habit of sucking nicotine fluid using electronic cigarettes has become the cause of its own cancer.
"The vaginal nicotine is similar to that of nitric acid
causing cancer, "NCSM Chief Medical Officer Dr Dalilah Kamaruddin told Bernama
August 17: Malaysian Medical Association urges vape ban
The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) urges the Ministry of Health to ban the use of electronic cigarettes as it is 'potentially' causing harm.
"Liquid contains nicotine used for vaping while potentially causing habit and addiction," MMA President Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip told Bernama.
August 16: Isma real stand
Isma Ulema Council Officer, Muhammad Firdaus Zalani was worried when there was a saying that the good of this electronic cigarette was to be a drug to addicted to cigarette smoking.
He said Firdaus, the failure to understand it would cause the loss of the public's understanding of all the things related to the immorality, not just smoking.
"In Islam, the concept of dealing with the wrongdoing is clear: It must be abandoned and rejected and replaced by good deeds!" Firdaus explained again.
September 2: Vape user video is not viral-sensitive
A video conferring a social-site user with a vape sucker who has sucked the tool in the shopping center regardless of the public's view of being viral and denounced netizen.
September 21: Youth parliament recommends vape control
The third Malaysia Youth Parliamentary Conference (PBM) involving 125 members of the Malaysian Youth Parliament (APBM) proposed that the distribution, sale and production of vape in Malaysia be regulated.
September 27: The vape organization handed over 50,000 petitions
Malaysia Organization of Vape Entities (MOVE) handed over 50,000 petitions collected from members of their organization since July.
MOVE President, Samsul Kamal Arrifin said it was to ensure that the manufacture, sale and distribution of vape-related products was systematically, safely and structured.
October 2: Regulate vape and vape as an alternative
Researchers and key cardiologists The Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (OCSC), Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos argues that a special regulatory system is needed to coordinate the use and sale of vape.
Dr Konstantinos also said that it is important to make e-cigarettes a legitimate product by offering options to smokers who want to reduce nicotine addiction as a substitute for conventional tobacco use.
October 25: Vape battery burns during flight
At 6.45 pm, a passenger's vape battery burns abruptly while on Malindo Air's flight traveling from Kota Kinabalu to KLIA2.
The quick actions of the crew managed to control the fire and the Boeing 737-800 aircraft were safe landing at KLIA2 at 8.44pm.
October 26: Vape is prohibited to be taken in a cabin
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) issued a statement that MAB aviation passengers are required to store electronic cigarettes in their luggage.
"The use of electronic cigarettes is not allowed at all in the cabin," MAB said.
October 29: Vape ban weight decision is against
Wira Perkasa Malaysia denied the statement by Health Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam stating the government's willingness to ban the use of electronic cigarettes or vapors.
"Why is it that tobacco cigarettes that are obvious and harmful to health are not banned? Is it because the proceeds from the sale of this vapor do not benefit the government to collect taxes? Do not be biased. Approved taxable tobacco cigarettes and forbidding a 'tax-free' vapor, "Malaysia's Chief Wira Perkasa, Irwan Fahmi Ideris said in a statement.
October 29: The voters' ban on vape is examined
Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he would suggest that the vape ban was scrutinized.
"InsyaAllah I will give my opinion so that the proposal is carefully studied so that vape is not banned because reports from Britain found that vape is not banned and cigarette smoke is encouraged to change to vape," he said in a partnership on Facebook.
October 29: CAP claims schoolgirls use vape
The Penang Consumers Association (CAP) wants the Ministry of Health to ban the vape after it is widely used by schoolgirls.
The President of CAP, S.M Mohamed Idris, complaints from parents and teachers of several primary and secondary schools in Penang showed an increase in the number of vape users.
October 30: Malaysian government does not ban vape
The Malaysian Cabinet decided not to ban the use of vape among consumers and vape sellers.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob confirmed the statement on Facebook.
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30: Fatwa Council examines the use of vape
Professor Emeritus National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Dr Shukor Husin said the National Fatwa Council Research Fellow with health, economic and environmental experts was conducting a study on vapors.
November 1: MBS urges vape usage guidelines
Selangor Youth Council (MBS) president Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim called on the government to establish guidelines on the use of electronic cigarettes or vape so that they are not misused.
November 2: The Mufti argues that vape is not sympathetic
Perak Mufti, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria said the use of vape could not be regarded as illegal if the overall review on the matter had not been finalized.
"Things should not, no matter what the benefits of vape, otherwise damage, but to spend on things that are not worth it ... it is still not allowed by syarak," he said when met at Ukhuwah Carnival of the Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Ceremony in Ipoh.
November 3: Sale of nicotine liquid without a license will be confiscated
Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said the sale of vape containing the liquid would be seized if it was found to have no license to sell it.
"We will use Poison Act 1952 and Food Act 1983," he told a press conference on the Healthy Eating Campaign in conjunction with Deepavali's Day.
November 7: Najib's son supports vape is not banned
Through Facebook, Prime Minister's son, Mohd Nazifuddin Najib expressed support for the vape industry and hoped it would not be banned in the country.
November 8: Vape entrepreneurs are worried, depressed
President of the E-Vaporizers and Alternative Tobacco Association of Malaysia (Mevta), Allan Foo, responded to the unhealthy reaction to raids conducted by the Ministry of Health on vape premises throughout the country.
Additionally, it opens the door to cooperation with the government and hopes the government provides guidelines on vape sales.
November 8: Minister advised stop vape traders
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin called on the Ministry of Health to stop the raid on premises selling electronic cigarette vapor fluids temporarily until the committee set up by the ministry to resolve vape-related issues.
November 9th: Only licensed pharmacists can sell vape fluids
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that vaginal fluid containing nicotine can only be sold by licensed pharmacists and registered medical practitioners.
Noor Hisham said it was the newest decision of the ministry in controlling the use and sale of Vape in Malaysia.
November 10: Flavor of vape plus drugs?
Former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohd Najib Abdul Aziz claimed that there was a case outside of the country that showed vape users to mix drugs in vape fluids.
"This act has become a trend in the United States. So for me it is better that vape be banned before the mixing of drugs in the vape spread to this country, "he told Daily Sinar.
November 11: Two NGOs insist on enforcement
Two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Malaysian Tobacco Control Council (MCTC) and the Selangor and Federal Territories Islamic Union (Jam'iyah) urged the Ministry of Health to continue enforcing the law against the ban on vape sales.
"What's troubling is that anyone especially schoolchildren and children are free to buy lectern vape fluids anywhere," said MCTC President, Dr. Molly Cheah.
Jam'iyah's permanent member, Shaari Ahmad Junid, said he would report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if no action was taken on the sale of vape.
November 13: SAMM, Vapor Malaya urged KKM apologize
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) and Vapor Malaya (VM) have urged the Ministry of Health (MOH) to apologize openly to the vape community in the country.
Rembau SAMM Coordinator, Akmal Noradzmi Abdul Rahim said the action was necessary to revive the image of the vape community, especially those involved in the flavors of flavors since the beginning of the month.
Akmal Noradzmi also urged the MOH to repatriate all the vape items seized from premises following the government still failed to provide guidelines to the entrepreneurs.
November 17: Cigarettes, vape are equally dangerous, says Tun M
Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said vape was dangerous because of the high content of nicotine in the product.
"Believe me, electronic cigarettes are not good and just like cigarettes
electronics produce a fragrant and flavorful smell. When you smoke,
you just got the smell of smoke. But when you smoke electronic cigarettes,
you get a fragrant smell like strawberries and mangoes, "Mahathir said.
November 17: KDN seriously views allegations of vape containing drugs
KDN deputy minister, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, said the ministry was seriously opposed to allegations of vape fluid containing drugs.
"KDN is involved with enforcement, meaning that there is a dangerous use of drugs, it is an illegal activity and the KDN has the power to take action," said Nur Jazlan.
November 22: 20 public universities forbid vape
A total of 20 public universities (UA) have banned the use of vape in their respective campuses, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said.
The decision was reached jointly by Vice-Chancellor at 20 UA that met on 20 November.
November 26: Kedah Fatwa Committee forbid vape
The Kedah State Fatwa Committee has decided that the law of vape is illegal.
Kedah Mufti, Datuk Syeikh Muhamad Baderudin Ahmad, said the law was decided by the Kedah Fatwa Committee Meeting on Nov 23.
The Kedah State Fatwa Committee also agreed to maintain the decision of the January 13, 1996 meeting on the prohibition of smoking as it was detrimental and wasteful.
November 27: Usim disallows vape use on campus
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) will enforce the ban on vape use in the campus area beginning January 1 next year.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Musa Ahmad, said the guidelines for the ban on vape use within the campus would be issued mid-next month.
He said students violating this rule could be subjected to disciplinary action and penalties.
27 November: MOH awaits evidence of vape study
Health Deputy Director-General Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the ministry was ready to wait for the evidence through the results of scientific research from any party from within and outside the country.
"If (the study) is proven to be true, it may be considered to be included in the amendments to the law regarding the voters ban," Lokman Hakim told the media.
November 29: Johor forbid use of vape
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said banning the use of vape throughout the state from 1 January 2016.
"" I want the vape premises closed on January 1, 2016 and I do not want to hear any reason, "he said.
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He also instructed the state government to convene a plan to facilitate the process.
November 30: Johor vape traders are asking for a return on capital
Vape traders in the state have asked the state government to consider the prohibition on the sale of the product and give them the time to regain business capital before it is enforced.
"Give us time to regain capital for the sale of this vape," said Noor Azlan Nardi.