Task force nabs smokers in Heritage Zone
GEORGE TOWN: Twenty four smokers who were caught lighting up in the Heritage Zone yesterday have until Nov 19 to settle a RM250 fine or risk being hauled to court.
The summonses were issued by the Smoke Free Penang (Penbar) task force on their rounds at the area, which was gazetted a smoke-free zone in July 2015 under the Tobacco Product Control Regulations 2004.
A Penang Health Department statement said the 60-strong team from various agencies also issued 20 notices to other smokers and checked 141 premises.
Ten smoking areas have been allocated for smokers in the the heritage site but the number will be reduced over time to discourage smoking.
“The objective is to provide an environment free from cigarette smoke which can provide a higher quality of life,” Penbar said in a statement.
Other than the heritage site, the gazetted smoke-free zones in Penang are Taman Perbandaran, Penang Botanical Gardens, Air Itam Dam, Mengkuang Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam and the Ampang Jajar Park.