Thursday, July 14, 2016
Malaysia - Vaping hits low point, it was a passing trend
No new buyers of vape units were recorded last week, says Malaysian E-Vaporizers and Tobacco Alternative Association (Mevta).
PETALING JAYA: The nation’s vaping industry has hit a low point with no new first-time buyers recorded last week.
Last October, there were 800,000 vapers but this dropped to 200,000 earlier this month in what is believed to be the result of the Health Ministry’s efforts to educate the public on the ills of the habit, reported The Malay Mail.
Malaysian E-Vaporizers and Tobacco Alternative Association (Mevta) founder and adviser Allan Foo said the reduced adoption of vaping by Malaysians could be due to it being just a passing trend.
“There were literally no first-time buyers from last week, with sales of vape liquids dropping by at least 90 per cent since the beginning of the year,” he said.
The only ones buying new devices were dedicated users, he said adding that the association recorded a peak of sales between August and October last year, with sales declining from November onwards.
Foo said at the peak of the vaping rage, up to 20,000 units were sold but this has now dropped to only about 500 units since March.
“A vape shop could make between RM1,000 and RM2,000 in daily profits before but can only average RM200 now.”
The association also estimates that the number of vape retail outlets nationwide has reduced from 1,500 to less than 700.
Foo believes that the Health Ministry’s efforts to discourage vaping has been successful, leaving the public with a phobia that e-cigarettes were more harmful than tobacco.
On the sale of vape liquids with nicotine by some vape outlets, Foo maintains that Mevta does not encourage such activity.
Public Health deputy director-general of public health Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman welcomed the drop in the number of vapers as it would show “that the public sees it as something that is harmful”.
He said anything that is detrimental to health is not good and should be avoided.