Malaysia’s new smoking law gives authorities the power to fine smokers who flout it up to 10,000 ringgit (US$2,400). Photo: AFP

New smoking law lights up Malaysia’s fight against tobacco, but still a long road ahead

  • The law requiring people smoking to be at least three metres away from open-air eateries has sparked national debate and complaints from businesses
  • Around 25 per cent of people in Malaysia smoke, a rate unchanged for a decade thanks in part to low awareness of initiatives to help people quit
Topic |   Health and wellness

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Malaysia’s new smoking law gives authorities the power to fine smokers who flout it up to 10,000 ringgit (US$2,400). Photo: AFP
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