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Brief Overview

Currently the Malaysian states of Penang, Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu have banned e-cigarettes entirely.

Vaping laws and regulations in other parts of Malaysia are very confusing, as certain areas seem to currently allow vaping and have a thriving market and community, yet have either legally restricted it or made mention of restricting it in the very near future.

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In Selangor you cannot vape in many public venues, including parks, shopping centers, government buildings like post offices and hospitals, any public place with air-conditioning (this includes vape stores), gas stations, and many others. Violators can be fined up to $2,300 (USD$537).

We advise that you abide by current smoking laws until further information is gathered from the embassy. (Available in the tab below)

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All Laws & Regulations

Malaysia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 15, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is generally prohibited on public transportation, except in air-conditioned areas of trains and ships where food is served. Smoking is prohibited in specified public places and workplaces listed in the regulations including, among others, in workplaces with a centralized air-conditioning system; health, education, government and cultural facilities; and indoor stadiums. Smoking is also prohibited on floors with a service counter in banks, financial institutions, National Telecom company, National Energy company, and post offices. Smoking is permitted in pubs, discotheques, nightclubs, casinos, in designated smoking areas in air-conditioned eating places and non-air-conditioned public transport terminals. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

All indoor workplaces

Smoking is Restricted

All indoor public places

Smoking is Restricted

All public transport

Smoking is Restricted

Government facilities

100% Smoke Free

Hospitals

100% Smoke Free

Residential healthcare facilities – public areas

100% Smoke Free

Non-residential healthcare facilities

100% Smoke Free

Childcare facilities/preschools

100% Smoke Free

Primary and secondary schools

100% Smoke Free

Universities/vocational facilities

100% Smoke Free

Shops

Smoking is Restricted

Cultural facilities

100% Smoke Free

Indoor stadium/arenas

100% Smoke Free

Restaurants

Smoking is Restricted

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

Smoking is Not Restricted

Casinos

Smoking is Not Restricted

Hotels/lodging – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

Hotels/lodgings – guest rooms

Smoking is Not Restricted

Prisons/detention facilities – public areas

100% Smoke Free

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

Smoking is Restricted

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

100% Smoke Free

Commercial aircraft

100% Smoke Free

Commercial watercraft

Smoking is Restricted

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

Smoking is Restricted

School buses

100% Smoke Free

Banks, financial institutions, National Telekom offices, National Energy office, post offices

Smoking is Restricted

Internet cafes

100% Smoke Free

Private offices

Smoking is Restricted

Places of national service training

100% Smoke Free

Public lifts or toilets

100% Smoke Free

Buildings of rest and recreation facilities

100% Smoke Free

Any buildings or public places used for religious purposes

100% Smoke Free

Specific places declared as smoke free by the Minister of Health

100% Smoke Free

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

Relevant Links & Articles

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/malaysia/laws

World Health Organization Tobacco Report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/mys.pdf?ua=1

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/malaysia/

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