1.SMOKING BAN ALSO COVERS VAPING
Vaping is governed like smoking as most of the vaping liquid containS nicotine.
According to Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, most vaping liquid containS nicotine, so it is treated as A tobacco product and subject to THE same restrictions as smoking.
According to the Control of Tobacco Products (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2015, ‘smoking’ means inhaling and expelling the smoke or vapour of any tobacco product and includes the holding of or control over any ignited, heated or vaporized tobacco product.
He added, if individuals who continue to smoke at eateries despite given A verbal warning can be slapped with a fine OF up to RM10,000 or two years’ jail even during the six-month grace period.
However, the first six months is for educational enforcement. Hence no summons will be issued during this six-month period unless of course if there are uncooperative smokers who openly challenge the enforcement officers.
Commenting further, he explained that the educational enforcement applies to both smokers and owners of premises.
2.TEETHING TROUBLES TO BE EXPECTED
Meanwhile, several food premises and smokers have been found to be flouting the new policy only days into the ban on smoking at eateries across the state.
Sarawak Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim said these eateries and smokers were issued with warning notices, as per the six-month ‘education enforcement’ period.
She said, smokers caught not adhering to the ban were issued warning notices under Regulation 11 subsection 1 subsection D, of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004. They were also spoken to by the enforcement officers to help them understand the new policy.
She added that eateries found not complying with the requirement to place ‘No Smoking’ signs on their premises were issued with a warning notice under Regulation 12 subsection 1 subsection A of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.
3.AVOID DISRUPTING ELECTRIC BUS SERVICE
The operator of the state’s first electric bus IN KUCHING is appealing to motorists to be more considerate and aware of the bus’ movement on the road.
Henz Pacific Sdn Bhd managing director Henry Lai said the bus has encountered difficulty in traversing certain roads due to some motorists either double-parking or parking at non-designated areas, particularly along the narrow street of Padungan Chinatown.
Lai, however, said he understood that since the service is new, many road users were probably still unaware the bus passes through a specific route.
He also expressed his hope that passengers take good care of the facility in order to project a good image to foreign visitors.