27 Jun '11, 12am

Our reader urges the authorities to consider an island-wide ban on smoking in public places.

I SUGGEST a simple yet effective way to tackle the problem of smoking among the young. Tertiary education institutions could ban smoking within school hours. Underage smokers, when caught smoking, should be referred to smoking cessation clinics for follow-up. The armed forces could ban smoking in all units, and among all in uniform. This will be effective as smokers on in-camp training have no escape. They must abide by the rule. Those caught with cigarettes should be disciplined. The lack of access to cigarettes and lack of opportunities to smoke would help smokers to quit. Companies could ban smoking on their premises. Smoking breaks should not be allowed as this reduces productivity. Besides, smoking causes health problems among staff. Despite the ban on smoking in many public places, smokers still insist, without consideration, on lighting up at food centres, in public...

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