Effective 1 January 2019, smoking will be banned in all restaurants and hawker stalls across Malaysia
The ban includes all air-conditioned and open-air restaurants, coffee shops, hawker centres, and street stalls.
According to Sin Chew Daily, the announcement was made by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Lee Boon Chye while chairing a health forum earlier today in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
The Ministry is also imposing hefty fines on those caught violating the ban
Previously, 30 medical associations in Malaysia hailed the government's plan to ban smoking in eateries
New Straits Times reported the associations as saying in a statement that non-smokers are at risk of developing serious health problems as a result of smoke inhalation.
"Side effects (from smoke inhalation) include severe and chronic asthma attacks. Cigarette smoke also increases the prevalence of respiratory tract and ear infections, premature births, and sudden deaths among babies and children," the associations added.