SMOKERS – grace period for you puffing cigarette in non-smoking designated areas is over.

“Currently the smoking ban involves a public park is more towards educating the public not to smoke in a public park,” Senior Assistant Environmental Health Officer, Public Health Division Kuching, Abon Kip told Utusan Borneo.

He added the public had been given ample grace period to adapt to the rules and Health Department from now on will have to enforce the non-smoking rules.

Officer from Bintulu Health Department on no smoking awareness campaign at Tanjung Batu (Facebook / Pejabat Kesihatan Bahagian Bintulu)

Abon warned those caught smoking in a non-smoking designated area will face a compounded of RM250 or charge in court which upon conviction will be fined RM10,000 or two years’ jail or both.

In Bintulu, Health Department had put up non-smoking zone signages at various locations in the popular weekend gathering spot – Tanjung Batu.

Apart from public parks, hospitals, clinics, airports, public toilets, government premises, air-conditioned eateries, colleges, universities, shopping malls and gas stations are also non-smoking zone.

Officer from Bintulu Health Department on no smoking awareness campaign at Tanjung Batu (Facebook / Pejabat Kesihatan Bahagian Bintulu)