Legal smoking age change to impact on young people

A major law change concerning the minimum legal smoking age has been proposed by the Singaporean Parliament. At the moment, the age stands at 18, but some MPs have proposed that the age is raised to 21 in an attempt to dissuade young people from taking it up.

The proposal will be made within the next year, whilst tobacco sale laws in the country will be strengthened with a focus on young people. As it stands, laws in Singapore are seen as pretty tough. Anyone under the age of 18 caught smoking is subject to a fine of up to $300, a fine that is almost certain to be extended once the legal age is amended,

Smoking outdoors in a public space or any prohibited venue results in a fine of as much as $1,000. Basically, anyone who smokes in Singapore needs to be careful about where they choose to do it and know of all the legal implications of doing so in different settings.

Gradual change

Although the new smoking age will not be signed into law straight away, many of the amendments will be implemented gradually, coming into full effect sometime in 2018. Until then, many young smokers will have to consider giving up until they reach the age of 21.

For any young smokers who want to know what to do if breaching the laws, they could seek legal advice. Many smokers in Singapore are likely to have started at a young age, something that was alluded to by Senior Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor.

When asked about the legal smoking age, Dr Khor spoke about the need to protect the health of the public. ““We want to protect our young from the harms of tobacco and lay the foundations for good health. In Singapore, nearly half – or 45 per cent – of smokers become regular smokers between the ages of 18 and 21 years”, she told Yahoo News.

Public health

Other amendments to smoking laws that could become reality include changes to packaging to further discourage young smokers and extension of a scheme to help current smokers quit. Standardised packaging is already in place in countries such as the UK and Australia. The packaging would have labels blanked out, with health warnings clearly displayed.

Further consultation on standardised packaging is due to take place later this year, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health. If the previous one on the minimum legal age is anything to go by, there is a very real possibility that packaging changes could be given the go-ahead.

 

 Zak Goldberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “Legal smoking age change to impact on young people”

  • Bapak:

    The whole country (our house) is going filled with smoke. Next thing will be on fire. You know who causes it. We the citizens of Singapore, must ban PAP of all ages for good.

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  • LIONS:

    All 80 white monkeys shud be banned from “SMOKING” in patliament?

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  • Mainstreet Citizen:

    What’s the point of having such laws when over the years, we’re importing “Talents” from countries of which the majority (many from just across the causeway) are smokers to prepare food in the coffeeshops and restaurants! Anyone who has any doubts can just go to the coffeeshops and observe the Chir-Char stalls, the mixed vegetables rice and noodles stalls etc. and you’ll see those staff will smoke now and then and handle the raw materials without washing the hands!

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  • Garr:

    Most of us started smoking when we have a stable income. Ban to 21 wat use? Someone can always buy for them.

    I think PAP and its parliament of scholars are extremely stupid.

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  • C'est la vie:

    ..
    Whilst they are at it, similar legislation should be in place too, to warn all of Singapore, the “harm”, voting for the PAP, would do to your; health, wealth and sanity !!!
    ..

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  • Notice at ALL arrival entries:

    Meanwhile it is necessary to put up clear notice to all arriving tourists…

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  • tobacco is a drug:

    Actually, all tobacco manufacturing companies should be reclassified as pharmaceutical firms and subjected to stricter healthcare regulations because the main ingredients in tobacco – nicotine – is as poisonous as heroin and cocaine.

    While overdosing of heroin and cocaine by drug users are quite common, it is well known fact that all tobacco companies manufacture their cigarette in such a way that every cigarette has a control dose of nicotine of between 0.7mg to 1.5mg, which induce an addictive behavior but does not kill the cigarette user.

    it is also well known fact that the entire civilization of Mayan race was destroyed by the incessant use of tobacco smoking several thousands years ago.

    However, if they up the nicotine dosage in every cigarette to 2mg to 6mg, all cigarette smokers will be dead within 5 years if they continue their 20 sticks a day habit. Hence, in order for tobacco companies to hook the user for life, and not kill all their customers, they then lower the nicotine dosage, up the methanol, and added many additive to the cigarette to create a certain flavor.

    Paradoxically speaking, nicotine is not an addictive drug, because many former smokers on NRT relapse into bad habit after 6 month of NRT. In all NRT studies, the relapse rate is 90%. Hence, nicotine replacement therapy is an useless therapy.

    Nicotine is also very good herbicide, it protects plants and kills all invading insects. At higher dose, it is a very potent poison. For most cigarette smokers, they are not only poisoning themselves slowly, their secondhand smoke is also poisoning those around them.

    Workers working in Tobacco farms also suffers from many health issues related to the harvesting of tobacco plants, mostly tobacco poisoning. All workers working cigarette manufacturing plants require the use of HAZMAT protective suit to order insulate themselves from toxic tobacco fumes. If not, they would die slowly.

    In my view, all cigarette manufacturing companies as well as tobacco farm should be shut down and re-classified into pharmaceutical firms.

    They could grow coffee or tea or something else, and society would be healthier without these cigarettes.

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