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Some in Tawau ignoring eateries smoking ban
Published on: Friday, January 03, 2020
By: Lagatah Toyos and Sohan Das
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Some in Tawau ignoring eateries smoking ban
TAWAU: Seven smokers were summoned to appear in court for smoking at food premises during Ops Larangan Merokok in town area on the first day of the smoking ban implementation on Wednesday.

Health Area Officer, Rahman Sampe said 19 food premises were also given notices under Regulation 12 (1)(a) for not displaying the no smoking sign.

“One premise was issued the notice under Regulation 12 (1)(b) after it failed to ensure no individual was smoking at their premise,” he said in a statement. Some 32 health personnel held the joint operation from 10am to noon and 8pm to 10pm.

He said such operation would be carried out every day for a week followed by once in two weeks. 

Rahman advised all food premises to ensure the smoking ban signage in their premise complied with the design and size, set under the Control of Tobacco Products 2004.

“Ensure there’s nobody smoking in your premise and at the same time urge smokers to not do so or vape at non-smoking area.

“Those who have been issued notices to appear in, they may go to the nearest Health Office to change the notice to a compound of RM250 for each offence. Reduction will be given if early application is made,” he said.

The nationwide smoking ban in restaurants come into force after a one-year grace period despite loud objections from restaurant-related associations.



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