Smoking banned in private sector offices with centralised air-con system
By NG SI HOOI ,The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Smoking has been banned in private-sector offices with centralised air-conditioning systems, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced.
He said the Government had gazetted work places as non-smoking zones to protect the public from inhaling second-hand smoke.
"Employees have to stay in the office for eight hours per day and some even until 12 hours if they work overtime.
"It is not good for their health if they have to inhale second-hand smoke," he told reporters after opening the national-level of World No Tobacco Day at Mid Valley Megamall here on Monday.
Currently, others non-smoking zones include government offices, universities and colleges.
Liow said those who lit up in non-smoking zones risked being fined up to RM10,000 or two years' imprisonment.
He said the ministry would act sternly against those flouting regulations.
The ministry will also study the effectiveness of pictorial warnings on cigarette packs, he added.
"Through an informal survey on my Twitter, we found out that some smokers are 'immune' to the pictorial warning. We might introduce new pictorial warnings," he said.