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S’pore to become smoke-free island by 2017

Posted on 02 January 2016

Only three mobile outdoor smoking points will be available at any given time.


As the authorities are looking at raising the minimum legal age for buying and using tobacco from 18 to 21 and restricting the sale of flavoured tobacco products, such as menthol cigarettes, Singapore is planning on going smoke-free by 2017.

This means that no one is allowed to smoke outdoors publicly at any time of the day in a bid to make Singaporeans healthier.

But to cater to those who still want to puff their cancer sticks, a grand total of three designated smoking points will be allocated on the whole island.

Each designated smoking area will be three-by-three metres and have walls to hold smokers in. And they will all be mobile.

A health authority, Sio Hoon Kee, said the reason for this is simple: “As there are only three designated smoking corners for up to two and a half million smokers in Singapore, it is essential that we space them out and move them around so everyone can use it.”

There will not be a fixed schedule as to where the smoking points will be located next and it is not known how many areas it will cover in a day.

However, anyone caught smoking outdoors outside the perimeter of the designated smoking corners will be punished by being banned from smoking and they will be ordered to carry the mobile smoking corner around for a week and become a passive second-hand smoker.






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