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S’poreans react to raising legal smoking age from 18 to 21

Posted on 09 March 2017

Three thoughts you must have had.


Singapore authorities are looking at raising the minimum legal age for buying and using tobacco from 18 to 21.

This was announced by Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor in parliament on March 9.

Proposed changes to the law will be tabled in parliament within a year and the change will be phased in over a few years after the law is passed.

Youths above 18 who are already smokers will not be affected by the change.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “You can serve NS, handle a rifle and go to war at 18 but cannot smoke until you’ve turned 21. Makes sense.”
Kee Zho Peng, 44-year-old shoelace maker


sian-half-uncle “The most effective way to stop people from smoking is to raise the minimum legal age to 90.”
Kee Qia, 62-year-old lorry driver


happy-bird-girl “I guess I’ll just wait till I’m 21 to pick up my smoking addiction. I will settle for drugs for the time being.”
Xi Du, 17-year-old student







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