Netizens, neurobiologist criticises singling out nicotine as a “poison”

THE Malaysian government has announced the removal of the nicotine used in e-cigarette liquids from the Poisons Act 1952 list.Many feel that the previous ruling was unfair to certain business owners. Furthermore, others are fine with its removal due to the lack of enforcement of the rule.The government also announced that there will be a new law to regulate nicotine use.Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa stated that the Health Ministry (MOH) arranged discussions with various stakeholders, such as Members of Parliament, non-governmental organisations, professional associations, and related groups, to deliberate on the policies in the new bill, which included the provisions specified in the Generational Endgame (GEG) bill.

However, a netizen tweeted his concerns regarding the removal of nicotine in the Poisonous Act. He alleged that this is due to the government wanting to collect tax on electronic cigarettes.

A neurobiologist shared his thoughts on Twitter with the username @ChaunceyGardner by saying:

Another netizen @hfshzhr shared her thoughts on the situation, stating that the rule was not regulated anyways.

Others who are for the removal of nicotine in e-cigarette liquids from the act state that it is a positive move forward for the government to collect tax from it.

User @Hibiscus_Trnfn added:

Some are against the whole ordeal though. Claims that this movement will only end up costing more in the long run due to health-related concerns.

Twitter user @sederhana_guy said:

Moreover, some netizens also claimed that a new black market line of vape products will be introduced to the market. This is because vape prices may increase significantly after being taxed by the government.@Faddy18416435 tweeted: — April 2, 2023

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