My blog gets visits by vapers in Malaysia, so my heart is saddened by the news that our Malaysian brothers and sisters in vaping are under attack by their lawmakers. This is similar to my post about U.S. politicians trying to regulate vaping, but much worse.
This article I came across talks about how Selangor, which is a state in Malaysia, is planning on outlawing vaping and is following after other Malaysian states who have already banned vaping.
What is sad is that the medical research being used by the lawmakers to make their case is just plain silly! Let’s see what the state executive councillor in charge of Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Dr Daroyah Alwi has to say about vaping:
“Sharing e-cigarettes or vaping devices can also spread communicable diseases transmitted via saliva like herpes, hepatitis and HIV. We were also informed that 60 types of carcinogens which can cause cancer have been detected in the vapor of e-cigarettes,” she said.
Whoa, whoa, wait… Herpes? Hepatitis? HIV? From vaping? What carcinogens were found? Where did you get your findings from Dr. Alwi? Unfortunately, the people of Selangor, Malaysia have only until January 13, 2016 to enjoy vaping.
And it gets worse, vaping has been declared “Haram” in accordance to Islamic law in Malaysia. Haram translates to forbidden. Other examples of Haram are Yoga and Valentines day.
Vaping is so important in Malaysia. A common vice in Malaysia is cigarettes. Nearly half of adult Malaysian men smoke. This is why vaping has become such a phenom in this country. There are now an estimated 1 million vapers in Malaysia. A lot of these vapers are Muslim. If they take away vaping from them then we deny these people a safer alternative to cigarettes.
I just pray that something will be done to fix this problem and that vaping stays legal and available in Malaysia!