KUALA TERENGGANU: Vape traders in Terengganu will be given six months from Jan 1 to wrap up their businesses.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said that after taking into consideration the various requests, the state government had decided to grant the traders a six-month time frame for them to finish their existing stocks and wrap up their businesses.
Ahmad Razif added that the six-month time frame was agreed to as the state did not want traders to feel victimised.
He said the state would also look at other businesses for vape traders to venture into.
On Dec 30, the state government announced a ban on the usage and sale of e-cigarettes, in line with the state fatwa council’s decision declaring vaping “haram”.
The six-month grace period, according to Ahmad Razif, is still in accordance with the fatwa council’s decision even tough the vape ban took effect Jan 1.
Ahmad Razif said the period also allowed the state government to enact laws regarding vape at the next state assembly sitting.
"Only then will we decide on the type of enforcement and penalties," he said.