30,648 Smoking Violation Notices Issued Last Year, Says Deputy Health DG

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Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Norhayati Rusli says a total of 30,648 notices with compound value of RM7.6 million were issued nationwide for smoking in eateries last year.
Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Dr Norhayati Rusli says a total of 30,648 notices with compound value of RM7.6 million were issued nationwide for smoking in eateries last year. — Bernama pic

Selangor had the highest number of smoking violations followed by Johor, Pahang, Perak and Penang!

IPOH — A total of 30,648 notices with compound value of RM7.6 million were issued nationwide for smoking in eateries last year, said Health Deputy Director-General (Public Health) Dr Norhayati Rusli.

She said Selangor had the highest number of violations with 6,414 notices issued followed by Johor (3,095), Pahang (2,935), Perak (2,808) and Penang (2,725).

For the first four months of this year, she said a total of 14,872 smoking violation notices in food premises were issued involving a compound value of RM3.72 million.

“The operations which were carried out in hotspot areas throughout the country including eateries, public transport, bus stops, government premises, shopping complexes, public toilets, entertainment centres, clinics or hospitals as well as rest and service areas,” she said.

She spoke to reporters after participating in the Integrated Mega Operation for the enforcement of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 here last night.

Dr Norhayati said 424 notices under Section 32B of the Food Act 1983 were issued during the operation involving offences under Rule 11 namely 202 notices at eateries, shopping complexes (108), public transport (34) and government premises (28).

Meanwhile, the Melaka Health Department has issued a total of 886 notices with a compound value of RM204,100 involving various offences under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (PPKHT) from January to April this year.

State Health, Human Resource and Unity Committee chairman Ngwe Hee Sem said of the total, 845 or 95.4 per cent of the notices were issued for smoking in prohibited areas, including minors (OBD) or teenagers under 18.

“During the same period, 92 of the same notices were issued under Section 13 (1) of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (PPKHT) 2004 for smoking and related activities to those aged 18 and below.

“A total of 500 penalty notices were issued for smoking in non-smoking areas under section 11(1) of PPKHT 2004, of which 207 or 24.5 per cent were issued in eateries,” he told reporters after an enforcement operation here last night.

Ngwe said of the total, 253 offence notices were issued under Section 22 of PPKHT 2004 for smoking in the Malacca Smoke-free Area (MBAR).

He said five notices were also issued to business owners under Regulation 12(1)(b) PPKHT 2004 for failing to ensure that there were no smoking violations on their premises. ― Bernama