THE Perak Health Department has started educating the public on the government’s new ruling barring them from smoking at state and public parks.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said district health departments had started to create awareness at over 50 parks in the state before it is enforced on June 1.
“The awareness programme will run for three months and in June it will be enforced,” he told reporters at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park in Ipoh when handing out flyers to park visitors recently.
It was reported that the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 was amended, gazetting public parks and other open areas as no-smoking zones.
Apart from public parks, other no-smoking areas included open air public transport stops, air-conditioned food outlets, camp sites, game courts, playgrounds, pedestrian pathways, and playing fields.
The only exception to the new ruling are open carparks.
Dr Mah said he had met with some of the people at the park, with many supporting the new ruling.
“They hoped the Health Department would enforce it strictly. They want to see things done,” he said.
“We also urge the people to be our eyes and ears, to inform the Health Department if they have knowledge about people smoking openly at parks,” he added.
Dr Mah said those violating the law would be compounded for RM5,000.
“If the matter is brought to the courts, those found guilty can be fined RM10,000 or jailed two years,” he said.
Dr Mah said last year the Health Department had issued 1,396 compounds worth RM319,300 last year.
“We have received RM149,045 from 1,210 compounds.
“About 531 cases have been brought to court, of which 304 were settled while 33 were convicted,” he said.