The Malaysian Vape Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) said that the Malaysian vaping industry is valued at RM2.27 billion. The figure is one of the primary findings of the recently released “Study on the Malaysian Vaping Industry” report, commissioned by the MVCC.
The MVCC has stated previously that the vape industry in Malaysia is too substantial to remain unregulated and has urged the government to immediately introduce appropriate regulations to create a positive multiplier effect to the Malaysian economy.
MVCC commissioned Green Zebras, a market research agency, to conduct the study, the first of its kind in the country, according to a MVCC release. The report found that there are more than 3,300 businesses related directly to the vapor industry, with a workforce of more than 15,000 workers. It was further estimated that workers in vape industry were paid up to RM450 million in wages in total in 2019.
“Our data strongly indicate that this sector is a viable and growing industry in Malaysia and can contribute significantly to the local economy. It has already facilitated the growth of local entrepreneurs, many of which are local and bumiputera businesses,” MVCC president Syed Azaudin Syed Ahmad said. “In addition, the Malaysian vape industry currently has an established ecosystem comprising manufacturers, importers and retailers, and a growing distribution and logistics network.
In Malaysia, the government has already announced an excise tax on vape devices and e-liquids which has been implemented since 1st January 2021, according to thesundaily.com. However, MVCC believes that the tax regime needs to be broadened to include e-liquids with nicotine which make up 97 percent of the Malaysian market, in order to effectively contribute to the government’s revenue.
“The Malaysian vaping industry has significant potential that can be unlocked with practical and comprehensive regulation that must include the use of e-liquids with nicotine. This will spur the growth of SMEs, which will in turn create jobs and generate tax revenue for the Government,” added Syed Azaudin.
Malaysia is in good position to attract FDI into vaping sector as other sectors are seeing challenges to attract investments, according to Syed Azaudin. “MVCC believes the vaping sector is ready and capable to attract quality FDIs given its established ecosystem that global investors and multinational companies would find appealing,” he said.
The global e-cigarette and vape market size is expected to reach $67.31 billion (RM272.54 billion) by 2027, registering a revenue-based CAGR of 23.8 percent from 2020 to 2027, according to a new study conducted by Grand View Research.
“MVCC has spearheaded this study in order to provide the Government with a solid data driven foundation to immediately introduce regulations on the vape industry,” Syed Azaudin said.
To download the full report, visit the MVCC’s website.
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