Heads up to all you smokers in Selangor, be careful not light up in selected no-smoking zones.
Beginning today (Thursday, 1st June), The Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 states that those caught breaking the law will face a maximum fine of RM10,000 or up to 2 years’ imprisonment. The ban also includes smoking e-cigarettes.
“To gazette a park as a non-smoking area is a separate process, we need to know how big the park is and where the boundaries are. We also need to start soft enforcement, to educate and inform the public. If we just gazette a park without having the suitable means to enforce the regulation, we will be mocking the process,” Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan told The Star.
She added that this move is in line with Malaysia’s target to be a smoke-free nation by 2045. Other non-smoking zones include government premises, hospitals, shopping complexes, petrol stations, as well as air-conditioned premises. Open carpark areas are excluded from the ban.
The 13 parks in Petaling Jaya that are classified as no-smoking areas are:
- Taman Jaya
- Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya
- Taman Aman
- Taman PJS 10
- Taman Rimba Riang
- Taman Tasik Komuniti Kelana Jaya
- Urban Park 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Damansara Damai
- Centre Spine in Bandar Sri Damansara
- Taman Tasik Ara Damansara
- Bukit Gasing
In Kuala Lumpur, the ban of smoking at public parks had been implemented since January.