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Introduction

Singapore became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in shops, universities and vocational facilities, cultural facilities, and hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Although smoking is prohibited in some indoor public places and workplaces, designated smoking areas can be established in many workplaces, government buildings, hawker centers, and public transport facilities, among others.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Virtually all advertising of tobacco products is banned, with “advertising” defined very broadly to encompass most forms of direct and indirect advertising and promotion. Point of sale product display is permitted subject to some restrictions. Although financial or other sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Rotating combined text and picture health warnings must cover at least 50 percent of each of the two principal display areas. On smokeless tobacco products, text-only warnings must occupy at least 50 percent of each of the two principal display areas. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low-tar” and other signs, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Two primary pieces of legislation govern tobacco control in Singapore. First, the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act authorizes the National Environmental Agency (NEA) to designate places and public vehicles as smoke free. The NEA issued the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Notification identifying smoke free public places and transport, in addition to establishing duties, enforcement powers, and penalties. The Notification has been amended several times. Other regulations and laws further develop the definitions, penalties, and the duties associated with restrictions on smoking in public places and on public transport.

The second primary piece of tobacco control legislation is the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. This law regulates tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and tobacco product packaging and labeling. Several other laws and regulations supply additional authority regulating these policy areas. The Media Development Authority has issued numerous codes of practice that regulate programming and advertising through various media outlets. In addition, regulations have been issued concerning topics such as: advertisements in foreign newspapers, licensing requirements for the importation and sale of tobacco, and the required text and pictures in health warning messages to be displayed on tobacco products. These implementing regulations include the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (Labelling) Regulations 2012, which establish the requirements for health warnings and revoke the previous requirements contained in the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (Labelling) Regulations that were issued in 2004 and amended in 2006.

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Last updated: December 5th 2014
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