1,134 notices issued for smoking offences

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  • Friday, 07 Aug 2020

SEREMBAN: The health authorities here have issued 1,134 notices, including to owners of eateries and those caught smoking in their premises, in the first seven months of this year, says state health, environment, cooperatives and consumerism committee chairman S. Veerapan.

He said the notices, which were also for other tobacco-related offences, were issued during the 270 operations conducted throughout the state.

Veerapan said the offenders would have to pay fines totalling RM284,850.

He also said that 834 notices were issued to those caught smoking in these premises, which was an offence under Regulation 11 (1) (d) of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2004.

“The smokers have been slapped with fines totalling RM208,500 for smoking in a prohibited area, failing which they will be charged in court,” he said in a statement.

Those convicted can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years, or both.

He said 100 owners of these eateries were also slapped with notices for failing to stop smokers from lighting up in their premises.

“They will have to pay a total fine of RM25,000 as they had committed an offence under Rule 12 (1)(a) of the same legislation,” he added.

Veerapan said 92 owners were also issued with notices for failing to put up the no-smoking sign in their outlets while 57 minors were fined for smoking.

“We continued with the enforcement despite the movement control order (MCO) and recovery MCO as we are serious about enforcing the no-smoking law in prohibited places like eateries.

“We would also like to urge the people, especially non-smokers, to safeguard their right and politely reprimand those who light up in these areas,” he added.

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