No More Smoking At R&R Stops In Malaysia By End Of 2014

All rest and recreation (R&R) stops in Malaysia will be free from smoking by year-end.

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All Rest And Recreation (R&R) Stops Along Highways Are To Be Designated As "No-Smoking" Zones By Year-End

The Genting Sempah R&R, photo for illustration purposes only.

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Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam announced yesterday, 17 June 2014, that all rest and recreation (R&R) stops along highways are to be designated as “no-smoking” zones by year-end, with the coverage expanding to a radius of 3m around the covered areas of the facility.

“All R&Rs in the country will be free from smoking. This is because that will be the place where people will eat and if they smoke there, they will not only out risk on themselves but on the people nearby as well,” said Subramaniam.

This Means That All Eateries And Even Toilets At R&Rs Would Be Smoke-Free

R&R Termeloh, photo for illustration purposes only.

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“The smoke-free zones will cover a 3m radius within the area,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam told reporters after launching the national-level “International No Tobacco Day” event at a hypermarket in Meru Raya here.

The Health Ministry Had Set A Target To Lower The Number Of Smokers In The Country By 16%

The health ministry had set a target to lower the number of smokers in the country by 16% because the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2011 showed that 23.1% or 4.7 million Malaysians were smokers.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam Said That Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Would Also Gazette Its Sheltered Walkways Spanning 23km Of The City Centre As Smoke-Free Zones

Offenders could be fined between RM250 and RM500. The minister warned that those who failed to pay their compounds could be brought to court and fined a maximum of RM10,000 or face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry had also beefed up enforcement against sales and procurement of illegal cigarettes. He added that the ministry wanted a 70 per cent tax imposed on cigarettes to deter the young from picking up the habit.

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