KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama):– The no-smoking ban in food premises imposed by the Health Ministry may have begun at midnight as a new year dawned, but many smokers can be seen flouting it on Jan 1.
A Bernama survey conducted in the Kampung Baru, Keramat and Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman here this morning found many still puffing away within the 3m designated distance from the premises.
There were also not many no-smoking signs at these premises reminding the public of the ban.
Waitress Anisah Amin, 20, said many people who were at her stall as early as 7am to eat lit up their cigarettes after enjoying their meal.
This could be because the ban was new and customers did not realise that it had come into effect today, she said.
“We don't feel comfortable reminding them of the ban, especially the people we do not know, but if they are regular customers, we remind them,” she said.
On Dec 31, Health Department director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah issued a statement reminding members of the public not to smoke in food premises, whether air-conditioned or not.
The places covered by the ban includes the inside and outside areas of the food premises, restaurants and food courts, as well as all food stalls and vehicles that provide tables and chairs for customers, and restaurants on ships and trains.
Noor Hisham said anyone found smoking in the prohibited places could be fined up to RM10,000 or imprisoned up to two years under Regulation 11 of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.
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