Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad has assured the public that designated smoking areas will be provided in the future after a nationwide smoking ban in eateries kicked in on Tuesday. He said the Ministry is working closely with the local government authorities through the state health department to provide a designated area for smoking. He, however, did not elaborate on when the move will take place.
Datuk Seri Dzulkefly said that a total of 1,453 written warnings have been issued to individuals for disobeying a national smoking ban in eateries that was effectively enforced on 1 January 2019. He said 611 enforcement officers from the ministry were involved in the inspection of 2,786 eateries nationwide. “The response following the smoking ban is very encouraging and I hope the public takes collective responsibility in ensuring the ban can be enforced effectively even if there is no standing officer to constantly monitor. Anyone found guilty of the offence of smoking in banned areas can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years under Regulation 11 of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. Premise or vehicle owners and operators who fail to display the smoking ban signage can be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed up to six months under Regulation 12 of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. For the offence of failing to ensure that nobody smokes and for providing smoking facilities, they can be fined up to RM5,000 or imprisoned up to one year.