New Laws in Singapore: Fast Facts

Across the world, vapers continue to fight for their right to vape. Whether they are vaping as a means to stop smoking for good, or vaping for leisure, it will now be nearly impossible to vape at all in Singapore – specifically.

As of February 1st, 2018, it will be illegal for an individual to buy or possess an imitation tobacco product, which includes: e-cigarettes, e-juice, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and shisha (used in hookah devices).

According to The Star,

“With the new amendments, anyone caught buying, possessing or using such products can be fined up to S$2,000 (RM5,930), the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Friday, Jan 26. Those found guilty of carrying out such acts can be jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to S$10,000 (RM29,640) for the first offence. Repeat offenders face twice those penalties.”

Singapore Cracks Down on Vaping, Smoking

The Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore is exploring other avenues to decrease the smoking rates, starting with raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, over the course of three years. They will raise the legal age to 19 in January 2019, again to 20 in January 2020 and finally to 21 in January 2021. Their hope is that by raising the age requirement, it cuts down on the number of people who start smoking. They also plan to ramp up public tobacco education in order to demonstrate the risks of smoking to its citizens, as well as to use taxation as a tool to persuade individuals to not to continue smoking.

The MOH stated in the amendment,

“MOH strongly urges smokers to quit smoking to reduce the risk of developing smoking-related illnesses. Individuals seeking to quit smoking should use methods proven to be safe and effective. These methods include going cold turkey, undergoing smoking cessation counselling and using licensed nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). NRTs, when used in conjunction with counselling, can be effective in helping individuals quit smoking in the long run.”

What does this mean if you are planning to take a trip to Singapore? Leave your vape at home. It’s not worth the risk.

If you would like to read the document in full, see here.

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Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.