A TOTAL of 526 youngsters below the age of 18 were summoned under the anti-smoking laws, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).
“A total of 7,469 notices were issued for smoking offences with compounds estimated at RM1.76mil.
“Of this, 5,752 adults smokers were issued notices for smoking in eateries, which are classified as no-smoking areas.
“Summonses were also issued to youngsters caught for smoking, ” the Health Minister said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong).
Dr Adham said the summonses were issued between Jan 1 and June 28 this year when regulations under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 were enforced.
He said errant smokers and premises owners were not issued summonses when regulations came into force on Jan 1,2019, due to the “education enforcement period”.
Dr Adham also said a total of 122,032 eateries were inspected in the first six months of this year.
Of this, 933 notices were issued to eateries which failed to display no-smoking signs and 263 notices were issued to eatery operators for failing to prevent smoking in their premises, he said.
Pahang recorded the highest number of offenders with 1,103 notices, followed by Selangor (783), Negri Sembilan (772), Johor (768), Perak (612) and Labuan (33).