Stub out calls for smoking zones in hotels, says CAP

SM-Mohamed-IdrisPETALING JAYA: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is urging the government to ignore requests for designated smoking areas in hotels now that it plans to ban smoking in hotels nationwide by year end.

The consumer group’s president, SM Mohamed Idris, in a statement, said this included parties seeking to establish cigar bars.

A complete ban on indoor smoking, he pointed out, was in line with Article 8 of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

“By allowing designating smoking zones, the health of the employees and non-smokers in the building will be jeopardised.”

Idris said this in response to queries by the Malaysian Association of Hotels whether the Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill would allow for designated smoking zones.

On a related note,  Idris also called for e-cigarettes to be banned as these devices were not regulated by the government as they did not come under the Food Act 1983.

“Therefore, there are no safety checks or requirements.”

He also said the government should impose a total ban on e-cigarettes and vapes if it was serious  about the health of the public.