Effective immediately, the no smoking law will now limit smoking zones to further discourage smoking among Malaysians.

For a long time now, smoking has been generally prohibited on public transportation and specified facilities (health, education, government) but allowed in designated smoking areas in air-conditioned eating places, non-air-conditioned public transport terminals, etc. But that changed when a new Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 was enforced last week.

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According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hi­­sham Abdullah, the new law has increased the smoking ban in more locations. As such, smoking zones in open-air public transport stops, air-conditioned food outlets, and stadiums are going to be completely smoke-free now. This also means that all restaurants in Malaysia are completely smoke-free.

This adds to the list of strictly no-smoking zones which includes all rest and recreation stops along highways and sheltered walkways in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, which span a total of about 23km.

The new smoking law also affects camp sites, game courts, playgrounds, and public parks. A move that echoes Penang’s decision to enforce a smoking ban on 19 public and national parks in August last year, which applies to those who smoke cigarettes, vape, or any kind of product that contains nicotine.

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For now, the only exception is open-air public car parks. If found smoking in no-smoking zones, smokers could be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to 2 years if convicted.

Source: The Star Online.

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