Smoking ban: 319 Johor eateries inspected, 22 warning notices issued

A man smoking in an eatery in Johor Bahru. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Health Department today inspected 319 food premises and issued 22 warning notices to premises which failed to comply with the smoking ban that came into effect today.

State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Sahruddin Jamal also said that as of 3pm today, 957 pamphlets were also distributed regarding the non-smoking areas.

“It is hoped that people will reject the culture of smoking in public and more smokers will quit the habit,” he said in a statement here today.

Sahruddin said services to help smokers quit were provided at health clinics all over Johor. Relevant information on this is available at http://jomquit.moh.gov.my.

He said the Johor Health Department had also started a campaign to ban smoking in eateries since last month through the state government, local authorities, district offices, hawkers’ associations and other traders. Public awareness had also been raised through social media and radio.

“Hence, we urge all parties to work together to make sure these rules are complied with to ensure we have a smoke-free Johor,” he said.