Today, 8 September, Minister of Health Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad revealed that the Health Ministry will be tabling a new bill on the usage of tobacco, vape, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and shisha
According to the Health Minister, they are in the final phase of the study to formulate the bill, which is described as more comprehensive to handle various current issues.
Dr Dzulkefly added that the Bill will be tabled in Parliament by March 2020 sitting.
"We are almost at the end of discussions with the Attorney-General (A-G) and are very hopeful of tabling it in Parliament in the first quarter before March next year," he was quoted as saying by Bernama while he was attending an event in Kuching.
Dr Dzulkefly said the act will encompass not only tobacco but also several other issues related to nicotine found in vape or e-cigarettes
According to a March report in Malay Mail, Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, who headed a special committee to look into vaping and shisha, had said that the ministry is looking to draft a new bill that would control everything on tobacco use.
"The existing Act is parked under the Food Act 1983. We plan to have a designated Act to control smoking, tobacco and vaping e-cigarettes," Dr Lee was quoted as saying.
In November last year, Dr Dzulkefly had said that vape and shisha containing nicotine will be included in the 2019 smoking ban: