11 November 2018


FaktaSmoke-Free Zone : Malaysia Officially Ban Smoking Nationwide 
            From January 2019

Do you often get annoyed by others blowing secondhand smoke in your face at mamak stalls? Well, that will soon be a thing of the past because the government has just announced that starting 1 January 2019, all open-air eateries will be gazetted as no-smoking zones. It’s confirmed! 

According to The Star press, Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye said that starting next year, all restaurants will be gazetted as non-smoking areas, regardless of whether it’s an air-conditioned restaurant or open-air hawker centre.

The ban will cover all air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned restaurants, coffee shops, open-air hawker centers and street stalls.

The gazettement was not only to encourage smokers to kick the habit, but also to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke due to tobacco products.

The current Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 prohibits smoking in 21 areas including hospitals, public toilets, lifts, government premises as well as air-conditioned shops and offices. Others include parks and government premises.

“If members of the public are found smoking in these no-smoking areas, (they) will face up to RM10,000 fine or be jailed for not more than 2 years. Business owners who don’t implement this policy will be fined RM2,500,” Dr Lee said.

Finally, i believed that this is the right thing to do if we want to protect our children and younger generation from the bad effects of smoking. For parents, they don’t want they children and grandchildren growing up inhaling secondhand smoke or feeling normal seeing someone puffing away.

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