MELAKA: The Melaka government has decided to ban the sale and use of vape or electronic cigarettes in the state in keeping with the edict of the National Fatwa Council.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the effective date of the prohibition would be announced soon.
He said the meeting of the state executive council on Wednesday would discuss the matter after getting feedback from the Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chaired by Datuk Ismail Othman.
“The state government has to obtain the views of the vape traders in the state before deciding on the date of enforcement of the ban,” he told reporters after a visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Udang on the first day of the new school year yesterday.
Idris said the state government would assist the vape traders to switch to another business in view of the ban.
The Historical City of Melaka Council had issued more than 20 business licences to traders for the sale of vape.
Meanwhile, all the 120 vape outlets in Johor have closed shop following a royal decree prohibiting the sale of vape in the state effective Jan 1 this year.
Johor Police chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the Johor Narcotics CID chief had confirmed the closure of the outlets.
Although all the premises have closed, the police would continue with their monitoring to ensure that there was no sale of vape, including online, he told reporters after the Johor Police monthly assembly here.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, had issued a decree prohibiting the sale of vape in the state from Jan 1. — Bernama