SUNWAY PARTNERS MOH AND PDRM FOR A HEALTHIER, CLEANER AND SAFER SUNWAY CITY

SUNWAY PARTNERS MOH AND PDRM FOR A HEALTHIER, CLEANER AND SAFER SUNWAY CITY

  • Sunway moves to protect the public from exposure to second-hand smoke in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur
  • Trained auxiliary police to enforce new policy

Sunway City, 14 September 2018 – In a move to protect members of the public from exposure to second-hand smoke, the Ministry of Health has appointed a team of auxiliary police in Sunway City to enable them to educate and enforce a zoned smoking policy in the 800-acre township of Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, towards creating a healthier, cleaner and safer environment for everyone.

Supported by the Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM), the initiative is in line with Malaysia’s aim to reduce smoking prevalence to 15% by 2025 and to be a smoke-free nation by 2045, as stated in the National Strategic Plan for Tobacco Control 2015-2020.

A report by the Institute of Public Health in 2011 had shown that at least 40% of adults are exposed to second-hand smoke in their workplaces and homes. It was also reported that about 70% and 28% of adults, breathe in tobacco smoke when visiting restaurants and using public transport, respectively.

Cheng Jew Keng, Head of the Smart Sustainable City Task Force and Sunway Sustainability Solution said, “Studies have shown that tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, including climate-warming carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides. Cigarette litter, is laced with chemicals and heavy metals and can end up in our precious water supply. Cigarette butts can also take up to 10 years to decompose, causing further harm to the environment. Aside from freeing non-smokers from harmful effects of second-hand smoke, the no-smoking policy is also in line with our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 3 which focuses on health and well-being.”

This will be the first time both MOH and PDRM have trained auxiliary police personnel in enforcement. Prior to this, enforcement was undertaken only by police personnel.

“Letters of empowerment have been awarded to a team of trained auxiliary police and they are authorised to issue summons to those caught smoking in no-smoking zones. Under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017, offenders could face a maximum fine of RM10,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment. This move will help non-smokers avoid risks associated with second-hand smoke,” Cheng added.

From 24 August 2018 the team in Sunway City began educating the public, by placing no-smoking signs, buntings and banners to inform the public about designated no-smoking zones and redirect smokers to certain areas where smoking is allowed. The policy and issuance of summons will take effect on 16 September 2018.

As of now, smoking is prohibited in all Sunway-owned buildings in Sunway City. Smokers will only be able to smoke in zones not gazetted as non-smoking areas, to contain the public’s exposure to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.

For more information on the no-smoking initiative in Sunway City, please log on to www.sunway.city. Anyone who would like to join in the movement, and take positive steps to quit can contact SunMed Smoking Cessation Clinic at:

SunMed Pharmacy

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm

Contact number 03-7491 1479

 

mQuit Services Clinic

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Contact number 03-7491 16464

 

Or website

www.jomquit.moh.gov.my.