I have been cigarette-free for the past four years and I attribute it to the wonderful invention they call vaping. A lot has changed for the vaping community in Malaysia over the past year or so, the number of vapers skyrocketed and there are cheaper, more powerful mods/tanks available, leading to more vapour and poor public opinion of vaping due to more and more incandescent clouds of water vapour being produced. Even though the clouds are essentially harmless (read point #2 below), thick clouds of water vapour resemble cigarette smoke, and can look very intimidating for a mother with her child or senior citizens.
Starting from few weeks ago, vaping has been one of the key topics that media outlets talk about in Malaysia (almost on a daily basis), and not in a very good light. If all the negative public opinion results in a ban, I would be furious to give up my right to not vaping and have to revert back to cigarette smoking (before you say anything cynical, many people including myself have made a poor choice to start smoking cigarettes when we were younger). Recent developments (Ministry of Health raiding vape stores) are suggesting that this is the direction that the vape industry in Malaysia are heading towards, and I am extremely unhappy that this is the case.
The Malaysia Vape industry is in an extremely shaky state.
I am sure that Malaysia vape community can resonate with what is written below and I sincerely hope non-vapers can take your time to read this.
Let’s take a look in the ingredients in cigarettes vs vape liquids
Here is a list of ingredients found in cigarettes :-
- Ammonia: Household cleaner
- Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
- Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
- Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
- Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
- Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
- Cadmium: Used in batteries
- Cyanide: Deadly poison
- DDT: A banned insecticide
- Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
- Lead: Poisonous in high doses
- Formaldehiyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
- Methoprene: Insecticide
- Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
- Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
- Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
- Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
and here is a list of ingredients found in vape liquids :-
- Propylene Glycol – organic compound – presents no significant hazard in ordinary applications
- Vegetable Glycerin – vegetable oils derived from plants
- Food-grade flavouring – used in baking and cooking.
- Sucralose – non-nutritive sweetener
- Nicotine – addictive substance – also found in potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, etc.
Cigarettes are governed under Food Act 1983 while vape juices are governed under the obsolete Poisons Act 1952 (Revised 1989). An act that was legislated more than half a decade ago is obviously obsolete in governing a habit that emerged in 2010. 99.9% of young entrepreneurs in the vaping business would have to stop doing business, and the same percentage of vapor products will have to be removed from shelves. The Malaysia vape community is in dire need of your help and we need all vapers and non-vapers to be educated well.
With this in mind, we urge for the legislators in Malaysia to re-work the deeming regulations so that life-saving vape products can remain on the market!
We hope that adult access rights to vaping would still be available for smokers and ex-smokers. Do you part for the Malaysia vape community!