A Malaysian Minister Was Caught Vaping in Parliament

A Malaysian politician has apologized for vaping inside during parliamentary proceedings after a video of his brazen vape-sesh made the rounds on social media.

In the video, said to have been taken during a parliamentary session on Monday, August 3, Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Hussein can be seen sliding a vape pen underneath his mask before blowing the vapor out.

The video has been retweeted more than 11,000 times as of Friday afternoon local time.

On Thursday, August 5, Hishammuddin responded to the video, saying that he had made a mistake.

“Sorry, I didn’t realize – it’s a new habit,” he tweeted. “I apologize to the Dewan (House of Representatives) and promise to not do it again.”

According to the New Straits Times, it is prohibited to smoke within 300 meters (980 feet) of the Malaysian parliament complex. Those found breaking the law face a spot fine of 500 Malaysian ringgit ($118), with a maximum fine of up to 10,000 Malaysian ringgit ($2,300) or up to two months in jail.

In a follow-up tweet, Hishammuddin said that he has been fined by the health ministry. He did not disclose the exact penalty.

“No one should be above the rules,” he said.

According to the New Strait Times, a member of the Malaysian parliament was previously issued a fine for smoking in the government building in October 2018.

Malaysia once considered a total vape ban in the country following U.S. media reports of fatalities linked to e-cigarettes and vaping. Tobacco products in the country are heavily regulated and smoking is strictly prohibited in restaurants.

The sale of vaporizer liquids containing nicotine has been banned in Malaysia since 2015.

According to the South China Morning Post, nearly a quarter of Malaysia’s population smokes cigarettes.

MIVAS 2020 will be postponed 

MIVAS 2020, aka Malaysia International Vape Summit, will be postponed. And the new holding date is pending now.

This vape show was set to be held in Prince’s World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and its holding date were set on Saturday, 28th March to Sunday, 29th March 2020.

At this stage, due to the serious epidemic problem in China, and the number of exhibitors in China is nearly 50% (half of the exhibition). After the China manager Beijing Landmark Exhibition’s discussion with the organizers in Malaysia, the organizer extended their support to China’s e-cigarette enterprises, and decided to postpone the exhibition. The new date is scheduled to be between June and July. And the specific time is not determined yet.

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Malaysia market overview – Pod vape goes popular

In the era of electronic cigarettes, Malaysia used to be the main exporter of vape oil. It has won the favor of Asia Pacific region and some European and American markets with mixed fruit and cool taste.

Because the popularity of pod products has changed the structure and market of electronic cigarette industry, what changes have taken place in the Malaysian market in the era of “pod vapes”?

A practitioner of China’s e-cigarette industry once visited Malaysia to share their views.

The users of e-cigarettes in Malaysia are mainly composed of young people and quit smoking groups. There are two types of online e-commerce and offline stores.

Different from the domestic market, there are many physical stores in Malaysia. The electronic cigarette products have strong flavor. Because users can experience the performance and taste of products in physical stores, physical stores are very popular.

The Malaysian market is also transforming. The number of users using large mod vape products is decreasing. On the contrary, pod vape device has become the mainstream of the market, and continues to grow. Electronic cigarettes are everywhere in Malaysia. Market stalls selling vegetables, young people selling fruits on the roadside, grap drivers, couriers, hotel gatekeepers, restaurant diners… You can see e-cigarette users are everywhere.

The main reason why young users (over 20 years old) in Malaysia use e-cigarettes is that they are “new” and “cool”, while middle-aged users mainly want to quit smoking. The taste of e-cigarettes is not as bad as cigarettes. The puff in the room will dissipate soon and will not affect other people.

Generally speaking, consumers are more inclined to buy pod vape devices through online shopping. Therefore, the most important benchmark for success in the Malaysian market is the user experience and repurchase rate.

Reinvent future

MIVAS 2020 will be the third grand event in Malaysia since 2018.

First MIVAS was held in Kuala Lumpur Crown Prince World Trade Center in September 2018. There will be about 100 exhibitors from both local and international. MIVAS received over 78000 registered visitors around the world and it’s a huge success.

As for MIVAS 2019, it was last held at the same location in March 2019. It’s bigger than before, there were more than 150 exhibitors from local and international, and more than 120000 registered visitors all over the world.

Uwell Amulet and Ghost Smoke are removed from the shelves in Malaysia

Malaysian Health Minister Zukifiri said on July 28 that Malaysia’s Ministry of Health was working on a Tobacco Bill to effectively control traditional tobacco, vaping products and pipe products, especially in the hope that “youngsters under the age of 18 will not be able to use these products”.

Recently, Li Wencai, Deputy Minister of health in Malaysia, revealed that two kinds of tobacco-related products, namely watch shaped electronic cigarettes and cigarette gum (GHOST SMOKE), have been removed from the shelves.

According to the Malaysian Oriental Daily, the popularity of wearable vapes and cigarettes has made local schools vulnerable. Teachers immediately consulted the Ministry of Education and were told that if any traces of electronic cigarettes and vape watches like Uwell Amulet were found, the parents of the first offender would be summoned to school. The parents and children signed a letter of commitment, that is, parents supervised and ensured their children. No repetition; the second offender, students will be suspended for no more than 14 days, multi-time offenders will be expelled out of the school.

Uwell Amulet and Ghost Smoke

Li Wencai reiterated that vapes as a way to quit smoking is not scientifically based. If it is not regulated, teenagers will become addicted to smoking. For this reason, he appealed to parents and teachers to pay attention to the trend of teenagers.

“Nowadays, there are many kinds of electronic cigarette products, such as lipstick, pen and watch. We (Ministry of Health) have talked with relevant practitioners. In the field of electronic cigarettes, electronic cigarettes of watch type have been removed from the shelves. The manufacturer has also agreed to stop the production of electronic cigarettes because of the strong objection and complaints from most consumers.”

As for cigarette gum, Li Wencai pointed out that although the Ministry of Health’s test results did not detect nicotine ingredients, however, the Ministry has sent the gum products to local universities for further tests to understand how to produce products that can breathe out smoke after eating.

At first, Vapehk was curious about who needs this stupid watch type vape. Now we understand it’s popular among students.

Malaysia will introduce the Tobacco Bill to strengthen vape control

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health is working on a Tobacco Bill to effectively control traditional tobacco, vapes, HNB and pipes, especially in the hope that “adolescents under the age of 18 will not be able to use these products,” Malaysian Health Minister Zukifiri said Wednesday.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on the 26th that electronic cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful” and called on governments to strengthen the supervision of electronic cigarettes.

Zukifiri said in an interview after participating in an activity that day that the bill will be submitted to the Malaysian prosecution for review in the near future, hoping to solve the problem that the current relevant laws can not effectively control related products. He also revealed that the Ministry of Health has set up a committee led by Vice Minister Li Wencai to discuss the issue of strengthening the supervision of electronic cigarettes.

Malaysian media also reported recently that many electronic cigarettes or “cigarette candy” (producing smoke like smoking after eating) and other items appeared on Malaysian campuses. The Malaysian Youth Health Survey 2018 also shows that about 13.8% of Malaysian adolescents smoke.

Zukifiri said that the Ministry of Health will set up relevant committees and take comprehensive action to curb the proliferation of electronic cigarette or vape among students.