KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 526 children below 18 years old were summoned under the anti-smoking laws, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
"A total of 7,469 notices were issued for various smoking offences with compounds estimated at RM1.76mil.
"Of this, 5,752 adult smokers were issued notices for smoking in eateries which are no-smoking areas.
"A total of 526 children below 18 years old were also issued summonses for smoking," he said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (July 14).
He said the summonses were issued between Jan 1 and June 28 this year when the regulations under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 were strictly enforced.
Errant smokers and premises owners were not issued summonses when the regulations came into force on Jan 1 last year under an educational enforcement period, he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Adham said that 122,032 eateries were inspected in the first six months of this year.
Of the number, 933 notices were issued to eateries which failed to display the no-smoking signs.
He added that 263 notices were issued to eatery operators for failing to prevent smoking at their premises.
He said Pahang recorded the highest number of offenders with 1,103 notices issued, followed by Selangor (783), Negri Sembilan (772), Johor (768), Perak (612) and Labuan (33).