Malaysia’s Health Minister Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad has issued a reminder that the smoking ban at the country’s eateries also covers the use of nicotine-containing vaping devices and shishas, according to a story in The Malaysian Insight.

Any product containing nicotine is classified as a tobacco product.

“It is not only cigarettes that are considered tobacco products, but anything that contains nicotine,” the Minister told a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.

The smoking and vaping ban at eateries came into effect on January 1.

The Health Ministry intends to use the first six months of the ban to ‘educate’ smokers and vapers about the new regulations.

After that, individuals who are found to have broken the rules will be liable to fine of RM10,000, while the proprietors of eateries where smoking or vaping is found to have taken place will be liable to a fine of RM2,500.

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