06 Jun '11, 3am

The world heritage city of Malacca will become Malaysia's first smoke-free city from June 15

The world heritage city of Malacca will become Malaysia's first smoke-free city from June 15

The state has become the first in the country to gazette five areas - including the entire districts of Alor Gajah and Jasin - as no-smoking zones. -- ST PHOTO: MALCOLM MCLEOD KUALA LUMPUR - THE Malaysian world heritage city of Malacca will be smoke-free from June 15, a first for the country, the health minister said on Monday. The move was to bring in more tourists and help stamp out smoking in a country where the habit is widespread, Liow Tiong Lai told AFP, insisting it would also help preserve the city. 'The idea is to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians alike to enjoy the historic city,' he said. 'It will also aid in preserving the old monuments and buildings as the ban will reduce pollution in the area and promote a healthy lifestyle.' The no-smoking area covers the entire 4.2sq km of the city and four other areas in the southern stat...

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