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Black market operators welcome S’pore’s menthol, flavoured cigarettes ban

Posted on 14 July 2016

This would really push prices up, said those familiar with underbelly of society.


Black market operators in Singapore from all walks of life, who believe over-regulation of society by imposing stricter laws is good for their business, are rubbing their hands with glee.

This after Singapore is mulling the ban of menthol and flavoured cigarettes because people who smoke them are believed to be unable to think for themselves.

One black market operator, Sio Hoon Kee, said: “We welcome this income opportunity.”

“Sending the signal that you can serve NS, handle a rifle and go to war at 18, but cannot legally buy flavoured cigarettes is definitely making a point.”

Other locals said not being able to buy menthol or flavoured cigarettes legally anymore is not a deterrent.

One young Singaporean, Cho Yan, said: “There will come a time I can vote in elections but will not be able to decide that I want to keep menthol and flavoured cigarettes on the shelf.”

“So, I like how I get pushed to experiment with other vices when I turn 18 because I cannot try something as basic as menthol cigarettes.”

“Glue-sniffing, here I come.”







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