PUTRAJAYA, Oct 15 – Effective today, smoking inside the Parliament building is prohibited.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry has closed all the building’s smoking corners, and smokers must now light up outside.
“We are dead serious (about imposing the no-smoking policy)… and those at Parliament must abide by it, especially at the eating area.
“Before this, smokers could use the smoking corners. But the smell of cigarette smoke was so strong, even for those outside. This is why we have decided to close the smoking corners,” he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly gathering here today.
The Health Ministry previously announced that all eateries nationwide will be cigarette smoke-free zones beginning Jan 1 next year, with the directive to be enforced at all food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, coffee shops and hawker stalls.
Those who fail to adhere to the ruling could face action under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004, issued under the Food Act of 1983.
There are currently 23 areas designated as smoke-free zones under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
They include entertainment centres, theatres, elevators, public toilets, air-conditioned eateries, public vehicles, airports, government premises and areas used for the purpose of assembly. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd