26 Jun '11, 10pm

Our reader urges the Govt to reduce number of cigarette-vending outlets to deny quick and easy access to cigarettes.

I SUPPORT the proposal by Associate Professor Koong Heng Nung and his team to ban smoking from a certain cut-off birth year to prevent future generations from acquiring the health-destructive habit ("Stubbing out 'rebel appeal'", June 11). I would go further to urge the authorities to substantially reduce the existing large number of cigarette vending outlets to discourage consumption. The numerous and conveniently located outlets give quick and easy access to cigarettes. We must impede this flow by limiting the number of outlets licensed to sell cigarettes, perhaps by increasing the fees charged. Only then will importers find it difficult to access the market while smokers will find it inconvenient and time-consuming to buy cigarettes - leading to reduced consumption. This will help combat the smoking scourge, save lives and lessen a huge health-care bill caused by smokin...

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