MELAKA: The state wants to take a step further in implementing the no-smoking rule by distributing posters with graphic images of body parts affected by smoking to habitual smokers at eateries here, says a state exco member.
The move is to further improve the no-smoking campaign in the state after Melaka became the first to ban smoking in public areas eight years ago.
State Health and Anti-Drug committee chairman Low Chee Leong said the state government hoped to end public smoking through the move.
“The standard non-smoking posters pasted at eateries alone wouldn’t stop smokers from puffing at open-air restaurants.
“We need to target them on a one-to-one basis. I believe the gruesome pictures can elicit fear and disgust of smoking,” he said in an interview on Friday.
Low also said his research team and the state Health Department will work together to compile personal experiences of people affected by smoking diseases, where their testimonials will be printed together with the gruesome pictures.
“These posters can send a strong message to habitual smokers to stop the habit,” he added.
Earlier, Low led a team of four doctors and 16 enforcement officers from the state and Melaka Tengah health departments on a no-smoking awareness campaign at Jalan Hang Tuah.
Low said 28 smokers in the state were issued warnings since Jan 1, while 169 eatery owners were issued notices for failing to display the required no-smoking signs.
Low noted that Melaka had imposed a no-smoking ban on June 15, 2011, in five areas and two districts.
The five areas included the Unesco Heritage site, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh and the whole of Alor Gajah and Jasin town centres.
The places included cinemas, shopping complexes, hospitals, air-con restaurants, recreational parks and sport complexes.