KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry wants non-smokers to "speak out" on their right to a smoke-free environment.
This would include telling smokers not to light up in a civilised manner, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
"It is important that non-smokers are empowered to speak up on their right to clean air," he said when launching the "Speak Out: Express Your Right" campaign at the Kuala Lumpur Sentral commuter station on Tuesday (Jan 7).
Dr Dzulkefly said 80% of the Malaysian population were non-smokers and the campaign was in relation to the smoking ban at eateries that had been enforced beginning this year.
From Jan 1, the Health Ministry started carrying out enforcement against smoking at eateries, including open-air dining areas as required under Regulation 11(1) Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (Amendment) Regulations 2018.
The regulation prohibits smoking within 3m of any table or chair at an eating place.
Enforcement has also been carried out under Regulations 12(1) and 12(1) of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 to check that owners ensure their eating places are free from all forms of smoking by displaying the no-smoking sign clearly and not providing ashtrays or services like shisha or other types of smoking paraphernalia.
Dr Dzulkefly said as of Jan 6, 2019, more than 2600 compounds worth RM627,050 had been issued to smokers and owners of premises found to have committed wrongdoings in relation to the smoking ban.
Those who want to quit smoking can get advice from mQuit services in all government health clinics and hospitals nationwide, or in any private healthcare facilities with accredited mQuit services.
For more information, go to http://jomquit.moh.gov.my or call 03-8883 4400.
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