Gen Z, young millennials form bulk of those nabbed for smoking offences, says Melaka exco man

MELAKA: Generation Z and young millennials made the bulk of those caught puffing away at food premises designated as smoke-free zones, says Melaka executive councillor.

State health, human resources and unity committee chairman Ngwe Hee Sem said this was the trend captured during a two-day operation where the majority of smoking offences were committed by those aged between 20 and 30.

"The special operation was embarked as a deterrent measure and to send a strong message to smokers who are still stubborn on lighting up at eateries despite the smoking ban," he said after the end of the operation at Bukit Beruang here on Thursday (May 25) night.

Also present during the operation was Melaka Health Department's director Datuk Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman.

Ngwe said that 376 notices of compound were issued under Regulation 13 (1) of the Tobacco Products Control Regulations (PPKHT) 2004 for the prohibition of smoking and related activities to those aged 18 and below.

"Ninety-two of the same notices were issued between January and April this year," he said.

Ngwe said throughout 2022, a total of 3,794 notices were issued under various regulations of PPKHT with compounds amounting to RM889,800.

He said 886 of the similar notices were issued for the first four months of this year with compounds totalling RM204,100.

Ngwe said 107 registered complaints through official online platforms were received by the Health Department from January to May 12 of this year.

He also revealed that a total of 150 notices with compounds amounting to RM41,250 were issued under PPKHT during the operation that started on Wed(May 24).

He added that 80 premises including vape outlets were inspected during the operation that saw a deployment of 45 enforcement officers.

Meanwhile, Dr Rusdi said proprietors and eateries owners must also ensure that the “no smoking” sign is displayed prominently and clearly.

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