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Published: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday June 18, 2014 MYT 8:09:41 AM

Don't just blow hot air - be strict on ruling, ministry urged

PETALING JAYA: Netizens welcome the Health Ministry’s move to gazette the covered areas at all R&Rs along highways as smoke-free zones.

On Facebook, Rina Yazid Gilliland said: “Yes! Too many selfish smokers in this country. They think they own the air.”

Netizen Siaw Ting said the proposed penalty of a fine from RM250 to RM500 for those caught smoking was “still insufficient”.

Jessica Audrey Jeremiah went further, saying offenders should also be made to perform community services, while Meg Descends urged Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam to increase the fine to RM1,000.

“Create designated areas for smokers so that they don’t simply smoke everywhere and anywhere they please,” Meg said.

However, others were sceptical on whether the “no-smoking” rule could be enforced effectively.

Georgina Fernandez Peter cautioned that enforcement was “a whole other issue”.

Balasharmila Rao Munusamy doubted the move would take place at all: “After all, Malaysians dump rubbish right below a signboard which says ‘Do Not Litter’.”

Others, like Wong King Hui, urged the authorities to be even-handed: “Think of us smokers too! If there are no-smoke zones, then there should be smoke zones too, to be fair!”

Jeganeswari Chandragasan asked how smokers on long drives could take a smoke break: “Hope the authorities designate an area for smokers at R&R areas instead.”

Netizens also proposed that the “no-smoking” ban be extended to more areas.

Woo Jia Wei said smoking bans should also include bus stops while Bryan C. asked that restaurants be made smoke-free zones to discourage inconsiderate smokers.

Tags / Keywords: Health, smoke-free zones, R&R, health ministry

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