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Malaysia highway rest and recreation stops to be 'no-smoking' zones by year end

Published on Jun 18, 2014 9:07 AM
A rest stops near Machap, along Malaysia's North-South Expressway. -- ST PHOTO: FILE 

IPOH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - All rest and recreation (R&R) stops along highways in Malaysia are to be designated as "no-smoking" zones by year end, with the coverage expanding to a radius of 3m around the covered areas of the facility.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said on Wednesday that it would mean that eateries and even toilets at R&Rs would be smoke-free.

He added that the ministry had set a target to lower the number of smokers in the country by 16 per cent because the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2011 showed that 23.1 per cent or 4.7 million Malaysians were smokers.

Vowing to expand "no-smoking" zones in the country, Dr Subramaniam said discussions had been held with the relevant agencies and all had agreed to gazetting R&Rs as "no-smoking" zones.

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