Legal age for smoking in Singapore may soon be raised to 21

The legal age for smoking in Singapore may soon be raised from 18 to 21, if a bill to amend the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act is passed.

The bill presented in Parliament yesterday (Oct 2) also proposes for ownership of imitation tobacco products to be made illegal.

This will mean that anyone who owns e-cigarettes can be fined up to $2,000.

It is currently against the law for anyone to import, distribute, sell or offer to sell imitation tobacco products.

A statement attached to the bill said that raising the minimum legal age for smoking is aimed at reducing, and ultimately eliminating, “the opportunities for the young to be tempted and take up smoking before attaining 21 years of age”.