No smoking here!

Singapore December 13th, 2008

Singapore has just rolled out a list of more places where smoking will be banned. This reminded me of a whole list of places where the banned is rather… redundant. Prior to this, smoking was also banned at places such as the bus stop and designated areas at coffee shops. Now, all these are good effort to stub out second hand smoke, but I think the bans were seriously flawed.

Banning smoking in areas not designated as smoking areas in coffee shop – I never quite understood the purpose of this because the designated smoking area is just next to the non-smoking area. I am not sure, but I think the law makers do realise that smoke gets into the air and when the wind comes, the smoke just gets blown into the non-smoking area. So… what’s the purpose of the non-smoking area again?

Bus stops – banning smoking here is really ridiculous because the smokers will just stand just outside the bus stop and start smoking. There was once someone I knew told a smoker to put off his light and pointed at the “No Smoking” sign. The smoker just responded that he’s not under the bus stop and continued smoking away. Hmm…

Now, I just wonder who’s going to monitor “5 meters away from the entrances and exits of buildings”; or are we going to see more yellow boxes?

Not allowed to light up here

SINGAPORE started rolling out smoking bans in public places in 1970. In the last 38 years, the bans have grown to include:

  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Lifts
  • Amusement centres
  • Hospitals, nursing homes
  • Air-conditioned buildings
  • Non-air-conditioned workplaces
  • Markets
  • Underground and multi-storey carparks
  • Lift and hotel lobbies
  • Buses and taxis
  • Banks
  • Queues
  • Indoor sports arenas like bowling alleys, gymnasiums and fitness centres
  • Stadiums
  • Swimming pools
  • Bus interchanges
  • Playgrounds and exercise areas
  • Anywhere within five metres from the entrances and exits to buildings
  • Coffee shops and non-airconditioned food outlets*
  • Entertainment outlets*

    (*Except for designated smoking areas)

    Smokers who infringe on the smoking ban can be fined a maximum of $1,000. Operators who fail to advise their patrons against lighting up can be fined a maximum of $2,000.

  • Source: Straits Times Interactive,

    Article extracted on 12th December 2008

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