Tag Archives: Smoking

MORE UNDERAGE STUDENTS CAUGHT SMOKING, SCHOOLS TO EMPLOY SMOKE DETECTORS

Schools are turning to smoking detection devices to help them pick out underaged smokers in their schools as the problem of underaged smoking has worsened in Singapore. Above 6,200 smokers below 18, including some from primary school, were caught last year. This is an increase of 17 per cent as compared to the 5,311 caught in 2013, according to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

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GOVERNMENT’S GOAL IS TO BAN SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES!

Smoking is now prohibited in an estimated 32,000 premises, such as entertainment outlets, shopping centres, office premises, hospitals, schools, cinemas, bus stops, public corridors, covered walkways, lift lobbies, stairwells and entrances to buildings. The Government’s long-term goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas, except designated smoking points, which we are actively working with community groups and stakeholders to implement at more neighbourhoods.

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E-CIGARETTES NOT A PROVEN WAY TO QUIT SMOKING

The Ministry of Health, citing a World Health Organisation (WHO) study, said it would continue to monitor the safety and efficacy of electronic nicotine delivery systems - the most common of which are e-cigarettes - which have not been proven as an effective aid for those try to quit smoking.

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SMOKERS SHOULD BE TAXED MORE & BUY A SMOKER’S LICENSE TO SMOKE LEGALLY

If a healthy society is what we truly aim for, then we could start by having a licence for smokers. An amount of $500 a year could be added to a smoker's income tax if he is working. If he does not pay income tax, have a family member pay for him; or he can buy a monthly licence at the post office or other outlets. Smokers caught without a licence should be fined $20, payable at any ATM.

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HPB considers upping minimum cigarette purchase age from 18 to 21

The Health Promotion Board is studying New York's recent move to increase the minimum age for cigarette purchase from 18 to 21. It said on Tuesday that it is also monitoring Australia's efforts impose plain packaging for cigarettes, among other measures to reduce the number of smokers here. Meanwhile, more people have quit smoking thanks to a national smoking campaign that keeps them off cigarettes for 28 days.

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