Covered walkways, overhead bridges are new no smoking zones from Apr 15

THARANYA ARUMUGAM


KUALA LUMPUR: The government has designated all covered walkways and overhead bridges in Kuala Lumpur as no smoking zones, effective April 15.

Smoking is also no longer permitted as well as underground pedestrian tunnels in the city.

The new regulations were stated in the Declaration of Non-Smoking Area 2017, under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 (Food Act 1983), which was gazetted on April 13.

The document was published on the Attorney-General’s Chambers website on April 14.

The Health Ministry had in February this year designated all public parks in Malaysia as well as national parks and state parks as no smoking zones.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said smokers were not allowed to light up their cigarettes or e-cigarettes at all areas in public parks, except at the open car park areas in these parks.

As for the national and state parks, Noor Hisham had said the smoking ban applies at all areas around the parks including the observation towers, camping sites and even on canopy bridges.

An estimated five million Malaysians, or 22.8 per cent of the population, are smokers, according to the National Health and Morbidity Survey.