Tag: smoking ban
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad says this could either be a positive trend or reflect a lack of motivation in people making a report.
Social media users who send messages to the hotline number will now get a response from the ministry's Tobacco Control Sector.
The hotline allows the public to send photographs of those who light up in no-smoking zones.
Seven individuals are challenging the health ministry's decision to gazette all places in the country as non-smoking areas from Jan 1 this year.
Like a benevolent parent, the government feels that the behaviour of Malaysians can be improved through an extended period of education instead of beating down offenders with huge fines.
There has been media speculation that a short-circuit on one of the temporary lifts built into the scaffolding caused the fire.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye says summonses will be issued to those caught smoking at eateries after the six-month grace period.
One activist says the government should look at other health needs of the people rather than going after smokers while another welcomes it wholeheartedly.
The High Court however refused to issue a stay order on the ban.
The authorities will not compound any offender for the first six months as this period will be used to educate them on the ban.
Marcel Jude Joseph says the ban in Sabah should be made under the Local Government Ordinance, which may require some amendments before the ruling can be enforced.
Two bodies representing restaurants question the health minister's claim that business has picked up since the Jan 1 ban.
It says the ban should be supported as smoking is harmful to smokers and those around them.
Former prime minister says the rights of those who are not ready to quit smoking must also be respected.
The state government says all eateries must implement the new ruling after clearing 'confusion' over the enforcement rules with Putrajaya.
The health ministry is considering the move to ensure a healthy environment for non-smokers.
The Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Laundry Association says launderette operators already have the situation under control, while hotelier groups urge the government to ban smoking in rooms as well as the general hotel area.
They point to the failures of previous public service announcements, saying smokers will only stop smoking if they decide to do so of their own accord.
But Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy says it would be better if smoking areas were designated alongside enforcement of the ban.
Restaurant lodges police report after patron assaults foreign national.
More than 900 pamphlets distributed regarding non-smoking areas.
We shouldn't allow the smoking ban to end up like the anti-littering law or anti-speeding law where weak enforcement renders it ineffective.
Conflicting statements from government leaders cause patrons to refrain from smoking.
Health minister says his ministry will add to the number of public places where smoking is prohibited, and this may include the space outside launderettes.
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