31 Oct '11, 2am

HSA tells app developer to remove posts on cigarettes

HSA tells app developer to remove posts on cigarettes

The LobangClub app allows the user to use the phone's camera as a barcode scanner and add details such as prices of cigarettes at various locations. About 100 listings for about 10 cigarette brands have already been taken down. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN By Daryl Chin A local developer of smartphone applications has been told by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to remove all postings related to cigarettes in its LobangClub app, which lets users find the cheapest deals based on community feedback. It is the first case involving a mobile phone application, and HSA said that anybody involved in putting up listings of tobacco products could be breaking the law. The app was introduced a month ago and is available for iPhones. It allows the user to use the phone's camera as a barcode scanner, and add details such as pricing and location for others to view. Last Tuesday, its develo...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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