The story below illustrates some interesting aspects of the status of cigarettes and smoking within society. Ideally, it seems, people should buy cigarettes but not smoke them.
Something is out of proportion when a woman is sent to jail because she couldn’t or wouldn’t pay a fine for smoking where she should not have done.
A lack of transparency often renders murky the water in which governments seem to swim with organizations both in favor of and opposed to various activities.
It seems difficult to get those in authority to say that vaping e-liquids without nicotine is legal in no-smoking zones, though they will say that such activity is not banned.
Is Malaysia’s tobacco smoking ban in eateries irrational? Perhaps, if customers are still left exposed to the smoke and fumes from heating fuels and cooking oils.
Given that tomatoes and potatoes contain nicotine, they presumably can no longer be offered at Malaysian eateries.
While the public has been asked to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of a tobacco smoking ban, that surely should be the ‘eyes and noses’. It is extremely difficult to hear somebody smoking.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Health seems to have acted sensibly in not applying graphic cigarette health warnings to heat-not-burn tobacco sticks.
In Malaysia, taxes on heat-not-burn tobacco sticks are lower than they are on combustible cigarettes. This makes sense because the former is a lower-risk alternative to the latter.
It’s a sign of the times, perhaps, that somebody seems to be out to profit from tobacco smoking bans.