S'pore studying more ways to curb smoking: PM Lee

S'pore studying more ways to curb smoking: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taking photos of the Naval Base Primary and Secondary School band at a community event in Springleaf Nature Park yesterday. Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah (left) was also at the event to mark the setting-up of designated smoking points in Nee Soon South.

Singapore is studying more ways to discourage people from smoking, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a community event yesterday to mark the setting-up of "designated smoking points" in all of Nee Soon South.

It is hoped that smokers will adopt these points as the only places in the neighbourhood to smoke in public. The roll-out follows a successful year-long pilot in one of the constituency's precincts.

Mr Lee said Singapore could have such designated smoking areas all over the country if they work well in the constituency.

Smokers will not be fined or punished for not using the designated smoking points in Nee Soon South ward.

Rather, Ms Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC, called it a "collaborative, community-led attempt to improve the air quality and reduce second-hand smoke in Nee Soon South".

Mr Lee said the Government is also studying other methods to discourage smoking, be it raising taxes on cigarettes even more or enacting a law like that recently passed in Australia mandating that cigarettes are sold in "plain packaging".

"We have been studying what the Australians are doing, and I think we should consider moving in this direction," he said at the Springleaf Nature Park event.


This article was first published on January 26, 2015.
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