'No need for survey on smoking ban'

'No need for survey on smoking ban'

PETALING JAYA - Just do it, no need for a survey - that's the public's call to the Government on banning smoking in eateries nationwide, including coffee shops and open-air premises, public places and parks.

The Health Ministry, following announced plans last week to ban smoking in public places, posted a poll on its site to gather feedback on whether eateries and restaurants as well as national and public parks should be gazetted as smoke-free zones.

Widely received, shared and liked on social media, the straw poll garnered some 200 responses with a general view that there was no need for a survey as smoking was indeed harmful to health.

Facebook user Myocho Kan wrote: "Why the survey? I think we have all misunderstood and mistreated research and survey as an empirical investigation tool. Smoking is outright unhealthy, a hazard to the public and banning smoking is a simple logical act."

Sheron Dutta said: "You want to ban smoking, go ahead and do it, quit surveying" while Hetish Sharma urged: "Ban it! Why ask?"

Adrian Paul asked: "Why do we need surveys to enforce something to safeguard the health of the general public? Just do it and stop delaying!"

Pixelated Wong wrote: "Are they going to conduct a survey whether second-hand smoke is a health risk to public because it is a waste of resources."

Many users have also asked for stricter enforcement when it comes to implementing the ruling.

Annathambi Akka said: "Our neighbouring countries can do it with good enforcement and disciplined smokers, and we need the same."

Smoker Daniel Lee agreed with the no-smoking policy, though he said "restrictions and implementation are useless when enforcement is not there".

Angeline Ooi posted: "Heavy fines on those who smoke in non-smoking places are needed and please do enforce the law as it usually dies down eventually."

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