Monday, May 31, 2010

Smoking banned in private sector offices with centralised air-con system

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.


Hmm, I certainly support this move, but somehow still pondering whether this move will have any serious impact on the real smokers. But at least not this move is good for non-smokers like me! :)

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