20 Apr '17, 10am

Singapore raises minimum legal age for smoking from 18 to 21: 4 other suggestions to deter first puff

SINGAPORE - Over the years, a slew of wide-ranging measures have been introduced to clamp down on smoking in Singapore. While smoking among adults here fell from 18.3 per cent in 1992 to 13.3 per cent in 2013, the rate has since stagnated at that level. Also, smokers are starting younger. The average age at which they first lit up was 16 years old in 2013, down from 17 in 2001. To combat youth smoking, several measures can be considered, some of which have been affirmed in overseas studies. Here is a quick look at them: 1. Limiting tobacco sales points Cigarette packets displayed on a shelf behind the counter in a minimart. PHOTO: ST FILE This is an emerging frontier in tobacco control. The density and proximity of tobacco sellers in a given area, such as near schools, have been shown in studies to affect adolescent lifetime smoking and experimental smoking. Some parts of ...

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