Plan to shut Parliament smoking room
Published on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: The Health Ministry is mulling the proposal to shut down the smoking room in Parliament in October. Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye suggested banning smoking in the Parliament compound as well.

The Ministry is also seeking to gazette open-air eateries as no-smoking zones starting December this year.

Lee said that in his winding-up speech in response to Senator Datuk Yong Wui Chung's concern about the enforcement of no-smoking zones during the Dewan Negara sitting.

He said a total of 45,799 notices for smoking-related offence under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 last year, including for smoking in no-smoking zones.

Of the amount, 25,531 compounds have been issued while the remaining 20,268 offences would be brought to court.

Additionally, 23,813 of the 25,531 compounds have been settled which amounted to more than RM 2.5 million.

Lee said the no-smoking zones aimed to protect the public, especially non-smokers, from being exposed to the dangers of cigarette smoke.

This is in line with Malaysia's commitment to Article 8 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

He said smoking was prohibited in 21 areas including hospitals, public toilets, lifts, government premises as well as air-conditioned shops and offices.

He added the ministry was committed to gazette all public places as no-smoking zones, in line with Malaysia's commitment as a member country of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

To this end, Lee said individuals who were found smoking in the 23 no-smoking zones would be fined not exceeding RM 10,000 or jailed not more than two years under Regulation 11(3) of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations.

"Each year, the Health Ministry will issue instructions to carry out enforcement operations simultaneously nationwide."

He said the enforcement activities were conducted by all district health offices in the country.


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