RM10,000 fine for lighting up in Selangor parks

The smoking ban, which would be carried out in stages, is under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017. — AFP pic
The smoking ban, which would be carried out in stages, is under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017. — AFP pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — Starting today, smokers will face a maximum fine of RM10,000 or two years’ jail if they light up or vape in parks in Selangor.

Local daily The Star reported that the ban, which would be carried out in stages, is under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

“To gazette a park as a non-smoking area is a separate process, we need to know how big the park is and where the boundaries are.

“We also need to start with enforcement, to educate and inform the public,” Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan was quoted saying.

The 13 parks in Petaling Jaya that are reportedly classified as no-smoking zones are Taman Jaya, Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya, Taman Aman, Taman PJS 10, Taman Rimba Riang, Taman Tasik Komuniti Kelana Jaya, Urban Park 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Damansara Damai, Centre Spine in Bandar Sri Damansara, Taman Tasik Ara Damansara and Bukit Gasing.

Under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations, public parks and other open areas have reportedly been gazetted as no-smoking zones, except for open car parks.

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