Putrajaya to enact new law to increase no-smoking zones

The government imposed a smoking ban at all restaurants and food premises beginning Jan 1.

MELAKA: The Health Ministry announced that they are committed to enacting a stand-alone Tobacco Control Act in the near future which will see most public places designated as no-smoking zones.

Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said that there would still be certain public places available for smokers to light up.

He said it was not his or the ministry’s intention to outlaw smoking, but the move was to ensure the public – especially woman and children – did not fall victim to ‘secondhand smoke’.

Dzulkefly said that with any type of change, modification of inherent societal norms involving smoking would certainly not come easy, but the ministry was confident that it could be done successfully.

“Perhaps one day we shall have legal provisions that prohibit smoking near a minor, regardless of where the offence takes place.

“It is always heartbreaking for me to see adults puffing away even while carrying a child in their arms,” he said in his speech at the Recognition and Awards Ceremony for the Revolution Smoke-Free Workplace Campaign here.