Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya recently announced that more public places will be gazetted as non-smoking areas to ensure that the country can achieve its target of becoming a smoke-free nation by 2045.
The target would see the number of smokers in the country be reduced to less than five %.
"This is in line with the key principle of Article Eight in the World Health Organisation's Tobacco Control Framework Convention (FCTC), where all public places are non-smoking areas," he said.
He was replying to a question from Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng (BN-TanjongPiai) who wanted to know the outcome of the ministry's efforts so far to enforce the smoking ban in public spaces towards achieving the target of becoming a non-smoking nation.
Hilmi said so far, there were 23 types of areas gazetted as a non-smoking areas under Regulation 11 of the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004, and other areas gazetted under Regulation 22 of the same regulation, under the Smoke-Free City programme.