Published: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 6:26:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 6:30:34 PM
516 cigarette smokers compounded during Ops Balik Kampung
PUTRAJAYA: A total of 516 cigarette smokers were compounded for smoking in public transport or at public transport terminals during an operation, codenamed Ops Balik Kampung by health authorities between last Aug 26 and 30.
Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said checks were conducted on 1,641 public transport vehicles and at 335 terminals during the period.
He said a minimum compound of RM250 was imposed on the offenders.
The operation was conducted to protect public transport passengers from the dangers of second-hand smoke, besides instilling awareness among smokers on the dangers of smoking, he said in a statement issued here today.
Dr Hasan said six compounds were also issued against public transport owners for failing to display the "No Smoking" sign in their vehicles, or the sign did not meet the stipulated specification.
For those who want to quit the smoking habit, they could seek help at the government clinics or hospitals or contact infoline at 03-8883 4400 for information. - Bernama