PUTRAJAYA — Jan. 2, 2019: A total of 1,453 people were issued warning letters while 3,879 were given advice until noon today following the no-smoking ruling at eateries since the start of the year.
Some 611 enforcement personnel from the health ministry checked 2,786 eateries, including 24-hour outlets, in the two days.
“The staff have been reminded not to issue compounds during the first six months and to only issue warnings,” Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad told reporters here today.
The smoking ban at all food premises began yesterday under Regulation 11 of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations (Amendments). After the six-month period, anyone found guilty of the offence can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years.
According to Dzulkefly, most of those issued warnings and advice pleaded ignorance on the ban. The ministry also received 28 telephone calls regarding the ban.
Dzulkefly added that it was not as if people were completely banned from smoking. If they need to smoke, they should move away from others. — Bernama