Bill Tabled To Raise Minimum Smoking Age from 18 to 21

A new bill was presented on Monday in Parliament to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

If the bill is passed, the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act will also make it illegal for people to own imitation tobacco products such as e-cigarettes

It is now against the law to import, distribute, sell or offer to sell such products. With these changes, those who own e-cigarettes can also be fined up to $2,000.

The bill was tabled by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong for the first reading. The bill will be debated at a future sitting.

The health ministry shared that the raising of the minimum legal age is intended to reduce, with the intent of gradual elimination of opportunities presented to the young to be tempted to taking up smoking before reaching 21 years of age.

This move was welcomed by medical experts who shared that this initiative could be complemented with other anti-smoking measures.

Source: Parliament: Bill tabled to raise minimum smoking age from 18 to 21

(The Straits Times, 3 Oct 2017)
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