All Public Places To Be Designated Non-Smoking

The Health Ministry wants to enact a standalone Tobacco Control Act.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Health Ministry has decided to enact a standalone tobacco control law to completely prohibit smoking in public, with a limited number of designated smoking areas.

Bernama reported Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad as saying that the move to enact a Tobacco Control Act was to protect the public, especially women and children, from secondhand smoke.

“Perhaps one day we shall have legal provisions that prohibit smoking near a minor, regardless of where the offence takes place,” Dzulkefly was quoted saying in Melaka Saturday.

“It is always heart-breaking for me to see adults puffing away even while carrying a child in their arms.”

The Health Ministry imposed a nationwide smoking ban in restaurants, including open-air outlets, since January this year, but has yet to create designated smoking areas.

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