KKM Shouldn’t Apply Strict Cigarette Regulations On Vapers: It’s Not The Same, Business Owners Say

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Malaysian vaping business owner Adrian Lo said today that a majority (87.9%) of vaping users support the introduction of different vaping regulations than conventional cigarettes.

Recently, Adrian Lo conducted an opinion poll among his followers on his social media pages on various topics related to vaping regulations.

The survey garnered over 1,633 respondents in a short two-week period.

“As a consumer and business owner, I am extremely concerned by the decision of the Ministry of Health (KKM) to label tobacco and vaping as the same products and to regulate both products in the same way. The regulation of vaping products must be different from that of conventional tobacco because the two products are not the same,” he explained.

Various international reports have found vaping to be less harmful and a viable alternative to smoking cessation, while numerous studies have confirmed that tobacco kills over 8 million people each year. It is therefore wrong to regulate both products in the same way.

Adrian Lo

The opinion poll also saw 85.5% of users surveyed supporting the government’s decision to regulate the vaping industry.

Vapers in Malaysia welcome the government’s decision to regulate the vaping industry. It is important to have regulations in particular to regulate the safety and quality standards of vaping products.

Adrian Lo

As part of the survey, vaping users are also asked what kind of regulations they hope will be introduced for the industry.

The 3 main regulations Malaysian vapers are hoping to see are:

  • Vape products are prohibited for sale to minors.
  • Vape products can be sold on any premises with relevant controls in place.
  • Vape products can be sold online with relevant controls in place.
Credit: Shafwan Zaidon via Malay Mail/ E-Liquids UK via Unsplash

Regarding nicotine levels in vape liquids, the majority of respondents (87.4%) also agreed that there should be a limit to nicotine in vape liquids and that nicotine levels in vape liquids vaping between 50mg and 60mg received the highest support from vapers at 69.3%.

Vapers have also pointed out that if nicotine levels in vape liquids are capped at a lower level:

  • 40% said they would go back to using traditional cigarettes
  • 27.3% said they would switch to unregulated products
  • 17.5% will add nicotine to their vaping liquids
  • 15.1% will stop using vaping products

Adrian Lo added that all survey findings are consistent with his experience in the industry.

For example, we know that on average, vape consumers purchase vape liquids containing 50-60mg of nicotine. The survey showed that respondents are ok with this level of nicotine, and if regulations do not take into consideration the need of vapers, then most of them will start smoking again or turn to unregulated products. .

Adrian Lo

He said it was a clear indication that regulations must reflect consumer needs or any effort to legalize the industry will be wasted.

Commenting on KKM’s proposal to ban access to vaping products for anyone born after 2005, Adrian also said the move would not be effective.

Banning access to vaping products will not mean that these products will no longer be available to people born after 2005. It will simply mean that this group of users will be forced to buy from dubious sources and, in the worst case , to get unregulated vaping products that don’t meet all safety standards. This can be even more dangerous, as users will consume products containing unknown substances. Not to mention that the application will be very difficult.

Adrian Lo

He explained that it is also very difficult to understand the intention of such a decision, because anyone over the age of 18 can vote and drive a vehicle, but cannot have access to products deemed less harmful than cigarettes.

If KKM’s goal is to create a smoke-free nation, then the right move is for vaping products to be regulated and positioned as alternatives that can help smokers quit.

Adrian Lo


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