On 26th of December 2018, NST
reported that the Health Ministry will continue with the smoke ban although there are eatery owners protested against it. There will not be a reverse on the ban as smoking is deemed harmful not only to smokers but to non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke.
“We notice that there are a number of younger generation smokers and the trend is increasing,” he said.
“The ministry is looking at this trend seriously. Should we fail to control it now, it will be hard to control the problem in the future.
“Malaysia also inked an agreement with the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, in which we will be a smoke-free country in 2045. So, the move must start now.”
Source: Deputy Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, NST
Today, The Star
reported that Dr Lee said the Health Ministry does not have agents selling any smoking signs at restaurants and food premises. This is in response to reports that the ministry received about certain parties selling the signs for RM10 each. He also mentions that action will be taken against those that claim they are from the ministry and selling the signage.
Eatery owners can buy or make their own no smoking sign according to required measurements, which is 40cm by 50cm, but it is not a problem if the sign is smaller, as long as it can be seen. It must have the no smoking logo but does not need to have the Health Ministry logo and, besides Bahasa Malaysia, it can be in other languages.
One sign is enough as long as it is positioned in a place where it can be seen by customers. Owners that do not display the sign could be fined up to RM 3,000.00.
In our previous report, it was said that vape and shisha would not be included in the ban, but NST
reported on November 22, 2018, that the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that electronic cigarettes (vape) and shisha containing nicotine will be included.
According to him, the smoking ban under Regulation 11 of the Control of Tobacco Products (PPKHT) 2004 involved cigarettes and all tobacco products with nicotine including shisha and vape.
“The rule is clear, those with nicotine contents are subject (to the prohibition), in other words when we do our enforcement we will see whether vape or shisha has nicotine or not.
“If we find no nicotine it will not be included in the ban.”
Source: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, NST
Read our previous stories on the smoke ban here
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