A complete ban on rising tobacco items in Singapore will be starting on Tuesday (Dec 15), said the Ministry of Health (MOH). MOH had declared in June this year that the restriction on developing tobacco items would be processed in two stages.
The items in the ban are not available in Singapore at present. The ban would be “to guarantee they don’t pick up a relevance in Singapore market, which could increase demand for tobacco utilization”, said MOH. The items that will be banned in the first stage include: Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes; Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine; Any item containing nicotine or tobacco that may be utilized topically for application, by insert or infused into any parts of the body; and Any arrangement or substance, of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that can be utilized with an electronic nicotine.
MOH likewise said the ban will come to effect by means of the Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations made under Section 15 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. Those found guilty will have to confront a fine of up to S$10,000 or up to six months imprisonment , or both. The second or resulting conviction conveys a fine of up to S$20,000 or up to 12 months imprisonment, or both.
Individuals from the general population who have any information data on the import, distribution, deal or offer of such rising tobacco items may call 6684 2036 or 6684 2037 amid available time to report it, the ministry added.