Gentle warnings before Pahang enforces smoking ban in parks
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.”