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Penang Plans to Be Smoke-Free Island By 2024, To Issue State-Wide Smoking Ban


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It’s been about three weeks since the restaurant smoking ban came into effect earlier this month (1st January) and this ban has prompted government officials to consider further action to curb smoking.

In a report by The Edge Markets, it was revealed that the Penang state government had plans to make the entire state a smoke-free area in five years’ time. 

State Health, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin addressed this plan, saying that it would be done under the Smoke-Free Penang (Penbar) programme, which aims to protect the public from the dangerous consequences of smoking.

Penang Govt Plans To Issue State-Wide Smoking Ban In Five Years' Time - World Of Buzz

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He was quoted by the daily as saying,

“The state government will work with the Health Department to ensure that this plan is implemented successfully and we will organise more public awareness programmes on the smoking ban in public areas and recreational parks.”

According to the New Straits Times, the Penbar programme began in 2012 when six of Penang’s public recreational parks were gazetted as non-smoking zones. The parks involved were the Air Itam Dam, Municipal Park, Botanical Garden, Teluk Bahang Dam, Ampang Jajar Town Park and Mengkuang Dam. After that, the Georgetown World Heritage Site was later gazetted as a no-smoking area in 2015.

Of course, the chairman also acknowledged that a number of measures would have to be taken before this state-wide ban is fully implemented. He mentioned that designated smoking areas will have to be set up, among other issues that are still being discussed.

Shortly after the restaurant smoking ban was implemented nationwide, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) discovered a significant improvement in air quality in Penang and Melaka, leaving researchers to conclude that air quality could improve nationwide following the ban.

However, not everyone has welcomed this ban, with a Smokers’ Right Club taking legal action against the Ministry of Health to challenge the smoking ban, claiming their rights have been violated.

What are your thoughts on this? Is a state-wide smoking ban possible? Let us know in the comments below!


Also read: USM Research: Air Quality Improved in Penang and Melaka After Smoking Ban

Usm Research: Air Quality In Penang And Melaka Better After The Smoking Ban - World Of Buzz 3

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