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Smoking ban is still being ignored

Source: The star

The no-smoking ban in food premises which was decided by the Health Ministry and should be effective starting Jan 1, is still being ignored by many smokers as the new year began.

A survey carried out in Kampung Baru, Keramat and Jalan resulted of many smokers still smoking within the 3 m designated distance from the premises. Also, there were not many “no smoking” signs at the premises to remind people of the smoking ban.

There’s a possibility this happened because the law is still new and people don’t realize that it is effective from today.

Health Department director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced, on Dec 31, that it’s forbidden to smoke in food premises whether they are air-conditioned or not starting Jan 1.

The places covered by the ban includes the inside and outside areas of the food premises, restaurants and food courts, as well as all food stalls and vehicles that provide tables and chairs for customers, and restaurants on ships and trains.

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