Smoking restrictions could be further extended in the near future. What are your thoughts on these changes?
What's going on?
You have probably heard of the various smoking amendments made over the years to better accommodate a smoke-free Singapore. From designated smoking corners to special smoking tables at coffee shops, the law has gradually restricted the smoking scene in Singapore. Banning of shisha has also taken precedence this year.
Back in 2010, Youth.SG wrote an article on the opinions of people on the potential smoking ban at coffee shops, with many supporting the idea of limitations, but not a complete ban.
In January 2013, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that smokers would no longer be allowed to light up at five new areas. These areas included covered linkways and walkways, overhead pedestrian bridges, hospital outdoor compounds, a five-metre radius of bus shelters and common areas of all residential buildings. Last year, the Nee Soon South constituency further announced six designated smoking zones for smokers.
SMOKERS WERE PROHIBITED FROM LIGHTING UP FIVE METRES AWAY FROM BUS SHELTERS
PHOTO CREDIT: TODAYONLINE.COM
The most recent smoking amendment propositions include setting up partitions at smoking areas. According to Channel News Asia, Peter Ong, a smoker and vice chairman of the Tai Seng Gardens Neighbourhood Committee said: "We had suggestions of people putting up partitions – not just a line, because the smoke will also encroach other areas."
Another proposition was to ban smoking completely amongst those born after the year 2000, raising some eyebrows amongst the youth community.
Non-smoker and Saint Joseph's Institution graduate Raja Veerendiran, said: "The ban for those born after 2000 is obsolete because it imposes on personal liberties. However, I would support smoking areas because residential areas don't deserve to suffer the torture of second hand smoke."
RAJA VEERENDIRAN FELT THAT BANNING SMOKING FOR THOSE BORN AFTER 2000 MIGHT BE GOING TOO FAR
PHOTO CREDIT: WORDPRESS
A smoker himself, Khalid Lee, a third year business student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic further backed Raja on the smoking partitions proposition, agreeing that "implementing smoking areas is not a bad idea". "However, it would have to be strategically located to prevent unnecessary inconvenience for smokers," he continued.
When asked about what he thought of the proposed ban on smoking for those born after 2000, he said, "Even though I'm not affected, I would still feel bad for those guys. They should at least be given their freedom to make their own decisions."
Generally, youths are more open to the idea of placing partitions at smoking areas, as opposed to banning smoking amongst those born after 2000.
SMOKERS AND NON-SMOKERS ARE WELCOME TO THE IDEA OF INSTALLING PARTITIONS IN SMOKING AREAS
PHOTO CREDIT: FREETOBACCO.COM
However, most felt that limiting smoking completely in the near future will raise various issues, such as a downturn in the economy, an increase in law offenders, and ultimately, general discontent amongst the smoking community.
That said, netizens believe that smoking will never be completely banned in Singapore because of the large revenue generated from tax of cigarettes alone.
What's your take?
1) What are your thoughts on the latest smoking amendment propositions?
2) What else can be done to better accommodate a smoke-free Singapore, other than limiting the number of permitted areas for current smokers to light up?
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