The plan to ban those born after 2005 from buying cigarettes and vaping products will have considerable ramifications for the economy, said an academic. Sunway University’s Prof Dr Yeah Kim Leng said such a ban would also affect the country’s aspirations to be a modern, open and progressive society. Many are worried that a ban on cigarettes and vaping will also cause black market sales and illicit activities to flourish, driving contraband market share higher. AMIRUL SYAFIQ MOHD DIN THESUN