Effective Jan. 1, smoking will be illegal inside restaurants, coffee shops and even open-air hawker stall—street food vendors—in Malaysia.

Those caught violating the law will be subject to hefty fines. Smokers caught violating the law can be fined up to RM 10,000, roughly $2,400.

Malaysia already bans smoking in many public places, the new law will apply to both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned restaurants.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.