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From February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

5th October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) tabled a statement in parliament today on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022, agreeing that the proposed Generational Endgame ban on the sale of tobacco and vaping products is constitutional, and that a separate regulation for non-combustible alternatives is not required. Among proposed amendments, the PSSC has agreed to drop the provision banning the possession of vaping products. The likelihood of the bill passing remains unclear, due to reported speculation that Parliament will be dissolved soon to make way for general elections.

3rd October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Yesterday, 2nd October, former deputy minister of health (2018-2020) and current MP for the main opposing coalition, Lee Boon Chye, called for vaping products to be regulated separately from other traditional tobacco products, while talking about the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022. He added: "Even though there is early evidence to show that vaping and e-cigarettes, when properly regulated, are much safer than cigarettes in the short term, the long term effect is still uncertain."
3rd October 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: A motion to postpone the presentation of the parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) report on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 to 6th October has been approved today, press reports. The report on the bill, which seeks to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2007, was expected to be presented today. It is still unclear if the actual bill will be tabled in Parliament on the same day, before the expected tabling of the Budget 2023 takes place on 7th October.
22nd September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said he expects to finalise the review of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 next week with the parliamentary special select committee in order to table it again in the upcoming parliamentary session, which starts on 3rd October, press reports. Khairy said MPs were generally in favour of the bill, which proposes a ban on vaping products for those born on or after 1st January 2007, and that most of the issues raised during the bills first reading had been resolved by the committee.

9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin said today, 9th September, that “if there are no obstacles, the parliamentary special select committee report [on the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022] will be completed by the end of this month to allow it to be tabled again in the next Parliamentary session”.
9th September 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The parliamentary special select committee (PSSC) responsible for assessing the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill 2022 that proposes a ban on the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2007 generally agreed yesterday to drop Section 17(1)(c) on the ban of possession of vapour products for anyone born from 1st January 2007, but to retain Sections 17(1)(a) and (b), which prohibit these individuals from using said products, press reports.
17th August 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin has told reporters that the details of the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill are to be discussed this week by a bipartisan special select committee, which he will chair. Jamaluddin has already accepted recommendations by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Women, Children and Social Development, including dropping punishment for possession of vaping products by anyone born after 2007, although their use will remain punishable. The bill has sparked heated debate among MPs and others, despite reported calls by the King of Malaysia to support it.

3rd August 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Electronic Cigarette Device) Order 2022 comes into effect today. It requires manufacturers and importers of e-cigarette devices and components to apply for a certificate to the inspection and testing body SIRIM QAS International before placing them on the market. E-cigs that comply with the Malaysian Standard on Electronic Cigarette Devices will be marked as such.

28th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee on Health, Science and Innovation has recommended that the proposed generational ban on purchase of vape products should be delayed for three years, and that the ban should start with those born after 2008, instead of 2007, press reports. The committee wants a three-year evaluation period to assess the government’s preparedness to implement the ban and to assess the need for separate regulation of vaping products. It said that e-cigarettes have “harm reduction” characteristics compared to combustible tobacco.

27th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A much-discussed bill banning the sale of vaping products to people born in or after 2007 was tabled in Parliament today. The bill does not mention nicotine but defines a “smoking device” as “any electronic device or a battery-operated device or other device, which is used to heat, vaporise, or burn a tobacco product, smoking substance, or substitute tobacco product for smoking”. It defines a “smoking substance” as “any substance or combination of substance comprising of propylene glycol, glycerol, or triethylene glycol for the purpose of smoking”, including nicotine-free e-cigarettes. The bill equates vaping with smoking, and proposes penalties for the purchase, possession and use of vaping products by anyone born after 1st January 2007.

25th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin today tweeted that, after having taken into account all the opinions expressed in stakeholder engagement sessions, sales of vaping products will be banned to those born in or after 2007, rather than 2005 as previously reported. In a separate tweet, Khairy said the “Generational Endgame” bill will be tabled in Parliament next week.

22nd July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Replying to a parliamentary question put forward by member of parliament (MP) Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen, who asked whether the Ministry of Health intends to recognise e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction tool, the minister of health, Khairy Jamaluddin, replied on 19th July that the Ministry is still studying the use of e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction method. Jamaluddin acknowledged that in other countries e-cigs have been recognised as such, but noted at the same time that “scientific data shows that e-cigarettes affect one’s health”. He added that “the policy decision to recognise electronic cigarettes as a harm-reduction tool needs to be carefully made based on strong scientific evidence”.
20th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: poll of 40 members of Malaysia’s lower parliamentary chamber the Dewan Rakyat found only 12 said they would vote in favour of a bill banning the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 2005. Another 26 said they would decide how they would vote after the publication of the draft bill. The report by CodeBlue, a newspaper specialising in health matters, says most of those as yet uncommitted “appeared to lean towards opposing the tobacco bill in its current form, as they expressed various concerns with the proposed generational ban on tobacco and vape”.

14th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Cabinet yesterday approved the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill that sets out to ban the sale of vaping products to anyone born in or after 2005, press reports. The Cabinet’s approval allows health minister Khairy Jamaluddin to table the bill in Parliament, which he intends to do during the upcoming session, which begins on Monday, 18th July.

8th July 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The minister of health said today, 8th July, that the bill banning the sale of vaping products to all those born after 1st January 2005 that we previously reported on will be presented to the cabinet next week, before it is tabled in the parliament later this month, press reports. The minister further stated that the bill will envisage jail terms for the sale of vaping products to anyone born after 1st January 2005, but that possession will not be punished with incarceration.
1st June 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The deputy minister of health said yesterday, 31st May, that the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005, which we previously reported on, has been brought to state lawyers for approval before it is tabled in the parliament in July, press reports. The deputy minister asked for unanimous support for the bill from all MPs when it is tabled.
25th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin reportedly said last week that the 15% import duty on nicotine gum products, to be imposed from 1st June, should either reduced or cancelled, describing them as a good smoking cessation tool. This liberal policy towards nicotine gum would be in contrast to the legal framework for nicotine-containing vaping products, marketing of which is currently subject to a pharmaceutical licence. The government is planning to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to anyone born after 2005.

6th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: A bill banning sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005 will be discussed tomorrow by a parliamentary Special Committee on Health, Science and Innovation before it is introduced to Parliament in July, press reports. Tomorrow's discussion will be the first of a series of committee proceedings to review the wording of the bill and its implementation plans, while taking into account the different views from all relevant parties.

5th April 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |

Malaysia: The Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs today issued an order on Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Electronic Cigarette Device). The order, which will come into force on 3rd August, requires manufacturers and importers of e-cigarette devices and their components to apply to the testing and inspections agency SIRIM QAS International for a certificate of compliance with the Malaysian standard before placing them on the market. Each compliant product will then be marked as such. The order does not apply to e-liquids.

17th March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: Contrary to what was expected, the minister of health tweeted today, 17th March: “God willing, the Bill [banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005] will be tabled in July and get bipartisan support.” The minister himself previously announced that the bill would be introduced in the first session of the Dewan Rakyat (lower parliamentary chamber), which runs from 28th February to 24th March.
4th March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The minister of health said yesterday that the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005, which we previously reported on, still has to undergo several additional engagement sessions with NGOs and industry players before being tabled in the parliament. The minister expressed his intention to present the bill to parliament during its first sitting, which runs until 24th March, but also acknowledged the possibility of tabling the bill in the next sitting, which will take place between June and July of this year.
1st March 2022 - Asia, Malaysia |
Malaysia: The first sitting of the Dewan Rakyat (Malaysian lower parliamentary chamber) in which the bill banning the sales of vaping products to anyone born after 2005 that we previously reported on is expected to be introduced by the Ministry of Health started today and running until 24th March. Although the bill has not been listed in today’s agenda nor has it been mentioned in the King’s Speech opening ceremony, the Ministry has until 24th March to introduce the bill. However, the longer the Ministry delays the tabling of the bill, the less likely it is to pass, as the time needed to debate it and propose any significant amendments will be increasingly reduced.