16 Oct '11, 9pm

A reader suggests: To keep people from smoking, cut their medical subsidies, or even withhold work permits, citizenship

I REFER to the report "Govt exploring extension of smoking ban in public places" (Oct 13), an action which is long overdue. The perils of smoking and second-hand smoke are well known; the World Health Organization calls tobacco use the biggest health hazard that nations face. The Government should not only ban people from smoking while they are walking but also have tight enforcement to ensure against disregard for such a regulation. It is imperative the Government takes a multi-pronged approach on smoking. This should include banning the sale of tobacco products to those born in or after the year 2000 so that smoking will eventually be eradicated here. New licences for the sale of tobacco products should not be issued, while the nationwide NTUC FairPrice supermarket chain could take the lead to cease the sale of tobacco products as part of its ethos to promote social and ...

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