CAP: Wrong to use deity image to boost vape sales

By V. Sivaji

GEORGE TOWN, Jan 14 — Vape sales in the country have assumed a religious dimension.

Some dealers are using pictures of Lord Vinayagar, also known as Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god, on their labels to boost sales via social media.

This has led to widespread objection from Hindus in the state who want authorities to act against the dealers.

A check by Malay Mail found e-liquid bottle labels bearing pictures of the deity on social media posted yesterday by an unknown dealer. 

Penang Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy said pictures of religious figures should not be used to make profits.

“We are against vape bottles with Lord Ganesha labels. It is a question of effective enforcement,” he said.

Consumers Association of Penang’s education officer N.V. Subbarow was shocked some people would go to such extent for money.

“At a time when there is heated debate on the sale of vape products, some in the industry have resorted to this ugly tactic," he said.

“Using pictures of Lord Ganesha on vape liquid bottles is equal to a humiliation of Hindus."

Malaysia Hindhudharma Mamandram national deputy president, V. Nanda Kumar said the authorities should find out why the dealers used the pictures.

"The state government should also ban vaping as it contradicts the state’s 'cleaner, greener and healthier' policy,” he said.