A large majority of Malaysians want the government to regulate the vaping industry more heavily, according to a recent survey. The Malaysian Insights & Perspectives on Vape survey, commissioned by the Malaysian Vape Industry Advocacy (MVIA), showed that 87 percent Malaysians agree that a tax should be imposed on vaping products and 74 percent think that the revenue collected from vape products could be spent by the government on important sectors such as education.
The survey also revealed that 76 percent of those polled think the country’s economy will benefit from such regulations, according to an article in the Malay Mail. A sample size of 1,025 Malaysian adults were polled and “is reflective of the perception of all Malaysian adults nationwide.” Conducted by Green Zebras, a market research company, the survey was commissioned to get a better understanding of Malaysians’ perception on vaping and its use as a method of tobacco harm reduction, according to the MVIA.
“The opinion poll shows most Malaysians want regulations on vape products. Official reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that there are over one million vapers in Malaysia and yet there are no regulations in place, leaving consumers no choice but to use unregulated products,” said Rizani Zakaria, president of MVIA. “Recent reports from local industry groups have already confirmed that the vape industry has significant potential to contribute to the Malaysian economy with capabilities to create jobs, develop existing businesses and SMEs within the industry, and attract investments. This is a fact that cannot be ignored, and the government must act quickly to introduce regulations on vape products.”
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