Malaysia Bans Smoking at World Heritage Site

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The world heritage site of Malacca will become the first smoke-free city in Malaysia when a new smoking ban comes into effect on June 15.

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday that the move was being made to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians to enjoy the historic city. He said it will also help to preserve the city's old monuments and buildings.

The no-smoking area covers 4.2 square kilometers of the city and four other areas in the southern state of Malacca.

Those caught smoking will be fined from $100 to $1,700.