From 1 July next year, smoking will be banned along the entire Orchard Road stretch from Tanglin to Dhoby Ghaut, says a National Environment Agency (NEA) today.

By 30 June next year, the existing 16 smoking corners will be removed, leaving only 5 remaining smoking permitted areas at Somerset MRT Station, Cuppage Terrace, Far East Plaza, Orchard Towers and The Heeren.

The NEA has also announced that it will no longer accept applications for food retail establishments throughout Singapore. Existing smoking corners will be unaffected, unless the existing license is terminated or cancelled.

Smokers caught smoking in prohibited zones face a fine of up to $1,000 from 1 October next year.

Building owners within the smoke-free zone in Orchard Road, however, have the option of building their own designated smoking areas, which must meet certain guidelines, like not being situated beside main thoroughfares, and come with cigarette butt canisters or litter bins with ash trays, and display smoking cessation messages.*

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