Stubbing out smoking habit

State Health Department officers issuing compounds as they collect the cigarettes used by the offenders in bottles as evidence.

ERRANT smokers were hauled up and issued with compounds during a random inspection by the state Health Department at several public places in the state.

Compounds amounting to RM14,500 were given out to 48 people who were caught smoking during an anti-smoking operation.

The offenders, comprising 41 Malaysians and seven foreigners, were caught smoking in public buses, bus terminals, the Penang International Airport, and at the George Town heritage enclave which is a Cigarette Smoke-Free Penang (Penbar) area.

State Health Department enforcement chief Ong Ang Guan said nine Malaysians and one foreigner were caught smoking at Weld Quay and several bus terminals during Operasi Penang Sihat on Tuesday.

“Another 12 compounds were issued at the Penang International Airport, four of those to foreigners, while 26 more compounds were issued at the George Town heritage enclave, an area under the Smoke-Free Penang initiative.”

Ong added that 87 personnel took part in the first raid from 8am to 4.30pm while the second inspection involved 90 enforcement officers and was conducted between 5.30pm to 10pm.

The ops was carried out under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 and compounds of RM250 were issued to each offender.

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