SOME 26 people in Perak were caught smoking at eateries by state Health Department enforcement officers on the first day of the smoking ban.
State health committee chairman A. Sivanesan said compound notices were issued to offenders during the enforcement operation.
“Each compound is RM250 but first-time offenders will only have to pay RM150.
“There will be no discount if they are caught for the second time and it is RM350 for the third time and onwards, ” he said when contacted.
The smoking ban in all restaurants, coffeeshops, hawker centres and open-air eateries was announced by Health Ministry in October 2018.
Sivanesan said 10 compound notices were also issued to eatery owners.
He said eight notices were issued for failing to show the “No-smoking” sign and two for providing smoking facilities.
“The premises’ owners will not be given any discount and have one month to pay, ” he said.
He hopes all parties will cooperate to ensure a healthier community.
“Smokers are welcome to get advice from mQuit services at health clinics and government hospitals, ” he added.
For information on quitting smoking, go to jknperak.moh.gov.my or call 05-245 6000.
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