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Malaysia bans smoking at all eateries from Jan 1

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KUALA LUMPUR (NNN-Bernama) – The smoking ban at all food establishments, both indoors and outdoors in Malaysia, including those outdoors, came into effect at midnight yesterday.

This is in line with the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations (Amendments) 2018, to protect the public from exposure to cigarette smoke, said the Ministry of Health’s director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Mr Noor Hisham also reminded owners and operators of food premises to display no-smoking signs clearly, and to remove ashtrays.

Anyone found guilty of smoking in banned areas can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years.

Owners of food establishments who fail to display no-smoking signs can be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed up to six months. For providing smoking facilities, they can be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed for up to one year.

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