On Monday (10 Sep), Parliament passed amendments to the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act. This allows the Government to designate more no-smoking zones and gives National Environment Agency (NEA) officers more enforcement powers.
Several Members of Parliament (MPs) hoped that the Government could take stronger action against smokers in residential flats whose second-hand smoke affects their neighbours. They cited the health risks associated with secondhand smoke and the increasing number of conflicts between HDB neighbours involving cigarette smoke.
In response, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor emphasised the need to balance regulation and privacy concerns, and said that the Government should be mindful of intruding into homes. She also cautioned that an intrusive regulatory approach to tackling neighbourly issues could be detrimental to community harmony.
Source: “MPs, citing dangers of secondhand smoke, want to curb smoking in homes” (Channel NewsAsia, 10 September 2018)