Gen­tle warn­ings be­fore Pa­hang en­forces smok­ing ban in parks

New Straits Times - - News -

KUAN­TAN: Two-hun­dred and eighty-eight smok­ers have been rep­ri­manded for smok­ing at 31 pub­lic parks in Pa­hang since the ar­eas were gazetted as non­smok­ing zones three months ago.

State Health, Hu­man Re­sources and Spe­cial Func­tions Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Norol Azali Sulaiman said the gazette re­ceived the co­op­er­a­tion of lo­cal author­i­ties.

Norol Azali said: “We have been car­ry­ing out ed­u­ca­tional en­force­ment for the com­mu­nity, but af­ter June 1, we will start en­force­ment of the pro­hi­bi­tion against smok­ing in pub­lic parks.”

He said it had dis­trib­uted pam­phlets about the ban since the mid­dle of last year.

“In Kuan­tan, there are seven pub­lic parks af­fected: Ta­man Gelora, Ta­man Ke­ji­ranan Teluk Sisek, Ta­man Terun­tum, Ta­man Es­planade, Ta­man Bandar, Ta­man Kerang and Ta­man Pasif.”

He re­minded the pub­lic to re­spect non-smok­ers.

“To pro­tect vis­i­tors in pub­lic parks from in­hal­ing cig­a­rette smoke, the gazetting (of the smok­ing ban) was done un­der the Con­trol of To­bacco Prod­uct Reg­u­la­tions 2004.”

Norol Azali said: “Ac­tion can be taken against those who smoke in pub­lic parks, such as a RM250 com­pound, or a fine of up to RM10,000, or even im­pris­on­ment for a term not more than two years, if con­victed.”

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