PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Banning smoking in all restaurants, halls and hawker halls, which will come into effect from January 1 next year, does not include swelling of vaporized nicotine (vape) and shisha, according to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
However, he said the ministry is still in discussion to include vapa and shisha in the regulation.
"For the time being, the ban will only involve tobacco products, but for vapors and shiess we will take legal and legal approaches, but in other legislative categories," he said in the Campaign for Granting and Recognizing the Blue Ribbon 2018 campaign here Friday November) night.
The "Blue Ribbon" campaign has been taking place since 2013 to protect the public from the dangers of cigarette smoke through promotional efforts to create 100% non-smoking areas.
As of January 1, 2019, the smoking ban will be enforced at all covered, air-conditioned restaurants, open-air restaurants and stalls.
Anyone caught in violation of the ban will face a $ 10,000 fine with restaurants failing to implement the law to be slapped with a $ 2,500 fine.
In another evolution, Dr. Dzulkefly said that practicing female circumcision by Muslims in Malaysia is different from female genital mutilation (FGM) practiced in other countries.
He said this in response to Malaysia's (Suhakam) human rights statement in the state of Putrajaya because he made misleading statements about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights in Geneva, Switzerland, when its delegates defended the practice FGM as an "obligation" in Malaysia.
"Circumcision of infant women differs from FGM and we must be very careful in discussing this issue because it involves different issues, including those of society and culture," he added. – Bernama