It’s a sad day for tobacco fans and smokers everywhere, especially if you’re serving NS. For those of you not in the know, both SCDF and SPF prohibit all tobacco products and related accessories in camps. It looks like SAF will be next to follow suit. That means when you go back to reservist for in-camp training, you’re going to have to smuggle your cigarettes in like a common criminal.
Smokers have it tough, from rising prices, to tiny zoos.
Smoking isn’t a good thing, in fact it’s a horrible habit. But who are we to say that smokers should quite just because we don’t like it. I mean if you really do want to smoke and feel like it’s a good outlet for you, then I’m not one to argue about the benefits of not smoking.
However smoking isn’t exactly a personal thing either. You can’t inhale the smoke and then expel it into a void or a vacuum. You’ve got to let it go in the same air that all of us share. So is it a good thing that smoking will soon disappear from all common places?
From June 1, smoking will be banned at reservoirs and more than 400 parks islandwide, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor announced in Parliament on Tuesday (April 12).
The premises are:
Reservoirs (17 in total)
Parks under the purview of JTC Corporation (5) and in public housing estates (22)
Neighbourhood parks under NParks within private housing estates (251)
The owners of these premises will have the option to set up designated smoking points and will be responsible for their maintenance, said the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
For the first three months of implementation, those caught smoking in the newly prohibited places will receive a warning, to give the public time to adjust. But repeatedly flouting the law in spite of warnings can result in a fine of up to S$2,000.
$2,000 for getting caught smoking. That’s one steep penalty. It’s also more fuel for anyone that calls our Island home a “Fine” country.
So where is the country heading with this agenda?
NEA said the Government’s long-term goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
So just ban the product already?
Soon we’ll no longer see cigarettes on display anywhere, we’ll most likely only have Reds cigarette, since Menthols might soon be off the shelves too. And now we have this.
Time to quit now before they start charging you for calling the quit hotline.