Smoking zones disappear in a puff with new law

4 February 2017:

PETALING JAYA: Smoking zones in open-air public transport stops, air-conditioned food outlets and stadiums are no more, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hi­­sham Abdullah.

He said these sites were going to be completely smoke-free now.

Previously one-third of a premises’ area could be designated as a smoking zone.

This came into effect on Wed­nesday when the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 was enforced.

It also increases the number of places where smoking is banned.

“This means that all restaurants are completely smoke-free,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday.

Lighting up is also no longer allowed at camp sites, game courts, playgrounds and public parks, The Star reported on Thursday.

The only exception is open-air public car parks.

The new regulations were announced by Health Minister Da­­­tuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam un­­der the Food Act 1983 on Jan 16 and were gazetted Jan 24.

Those caught breaking the rules could be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years if convicted.