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No smoking at tea stalls and coffee shops soon

 | May 9, 2015

Public parks and theme parks also to be affected, says health ministry.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Smoking will be banned at tea stalls, coffee shops and food courts, as well as in public parks including theme parks.

At present only air-conditioned restaurants, shopping centres and sheltered footpaths and highway rest-stops are affected, and offenders may be fined between RM250 and RM500.

Online public feedback on the proposed ban can be given at the health ministry website until May 18.

However coffeeshop owners are asking the health ministry to carry out the ban gradually over two years, and to allow smoking areas in a part of the shop, The Star reported.

It quoted the Malaysia-Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors’ General Association as wanting a smoking area of 40% of the space at non-air conditioned eating places. “Smokers have rights too,” a spokesman was quoted as saying.

Shops with 10 tables or less should be exempted, the report said.

The ministry was also urged to allow shop owners to allow a choice of whether to declare their premises smoking or non-smoking.

Muslim restaurant owners association president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed was quoted as saying there should not be a blanket ban.

The health ministry estimates that 100,000 Malaysians die of smoke-related illnesses every year.


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