Director and company fined $12,300 for selling shisha without licence

A company director was fined $12,300 for the unlicensed sale of shisha at two restaurants along Arab Street, the Health Sciences Authority said in a media release on Wednesday (June 21).

Rupesh Kumar Singh s/o Seva Singh was the director of Tehrani Corporation Pte Ltd which owned Nasrin Restaurant and Sufi Corner Pte Ltd which owned Sufi's Corner.

Both outlets continued to sell shisha tobacco molasses on seven occasions from September 2014 to November 2014, even after their tobacco retail licences were revoked earlier that year for tobacco-related offences.

Under the Tobacco Act, a person found guilty of unlicensed sale of tobacco products may face a fine of up of $5,000, and in the case of a subsequent conviction, may be fined up to $10,000.

Shisha was banned in Singapore in November 2014, and regulations prohibit the import, distribution, and sale of shisha molasses/tobacco.

A person convicted of the above offence may face a fine of up to $10,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both. Reoffenders may be liable to a fine of up to $20,000, a jail term of up to 12 months, or both.

HSA reminded members of the public that smoking shisha is more harmful than smoking cigarettes as shisha smoke contains higher levels of carbon monoxide, nicotine, and cancer-causing chemicals.

A person who smokes shisha for 45 to 60 minutes inhales smoke equivalent to that from 100 or more cigarettes, according to the World Health Organisation.

Those who need advice and support on smoking cessation can call the toll-free Quitline at 1800 438 2000 or visit Health Promotion Board's iQuit club.