Malaysian smokers want a place to light up

Malaysian smokers want a place to light up

PETALING JAYA - Give us an alternative spot and we will stop lighting up in public spaces, say smokers.

Advertising agent Sabrina Lee, 27, said there were not enough smoking corners or rooms publicly, including at open-air restaurants, thus giving smokers no choice.

"It is a habit. I honestly do not like disturbing those sitting beside me but everyone else is lighting up and I am tempted to," she said.

Engineer K. Shankar, 27, said that while he agreed with the smoking ban, there should be a segregated section for smokers.

He added that he would normally go to a mamak stall to smoke.

"We'll say we are going there for a drink but most of the time, we just want to light up," he said, adding that it was just part of the culture.

Shankar said he would usually avoid smoking near children and pregnant women but there was only so much he could do.

Web editor Saiful Mohd, 31, was all for designated areas for smoking.

"It's time the country headed towards being healthier and such regulations help," he said.

Long-time smoker Johnathan Anthony, 35, said that while it was helpful to have smoking zones, it would take time for Malaysians to change their mindset.

"Even when ashtrays are provided, we see cigarette butts on the floor. The same thing will happen with smoking corners," he said.

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