National Environment Agency Extends Smoking Ban To More Public Places On 1 January 2009

Why don't they just ban smoking island wide? The future "houses" might have a chimney cos' smokers can only smoke in their own house :P (good news for santa claus...wahaha)
I think the fastest way is just ban it, as the world knows, SG is a "fine city" Given such a weak financial situation now, smoker will sincerely consider either making contribution to the gahmen over a pack of puffs please ban smoking...that's a day i am looking forward to seriously quit :P
Singapore, 12 December 2008 –To keep our air cleaner and further protect the public from the harmful health effects of second-hand smoke , the National Environment Agency (NEA) is widening the list of smoke-free places from 1 January 2009.

With effect from 1 January 2009, the smoking prohibition will be extended to:

a. Indoor public places. These include non air-conditioned shops, non air-conditioned shopping centres (e.g. neighbourhood shopping centres), non air-conditioned offices, hotel lobbies, markets, multi-storey and basement car parks, ferry terminals, and more .

b. Lift lobbies

c. Entrances and exits to buildings and facilities where smoking is already prohibited. (within 5 metres of the entrances or exits where applicable)

d. Playgrounds and exercise areas

This gradual extension of the smoking ban, which the NEA has implemented over the years, is in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations under the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Singapore ratified in May 2004. In the convention, parties are to provide protection from exposure to second-hand smoke in:

a. Indoor workplaces.
b. Indoor public places.
c. Public transport.
d. Other public places, as appropriate.

The ban has been extended to indoor public places and lift lobbies because these are areas where public would find it hard to escape from second-hand smoke.

Entrances and exits to buildings and facilities where smoking is already prohibited were also included in the ban extension because feedback and checks on the ground have shown that smokers tend to congregate near entrances/exits to smoke. With the extension, members of the public will be able to use the entrances and exits of buildings without being affected by second-hand smoke.

The ban is extended to playground and exercise areas to safeguard the health of children, the elderly and other users.

The NEA urges the public to continue to render their support for the smoking ban and help keep our air clean.

Mr Lee Yuen Hee, Chief Executive Officer of the NEA said, “We are encouraged by the positive feedback from many individuals and families who support the extension of the smoking ban and appreciate the effort of smokers who have chosen not to light up in smoke-free areas, helping to promote clean air and good health.”

Mr Lam Pin Woon, Chief Executive Officer, Health Promotion Board, said: "There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. It causes cancer, heart diseases and other serious diseases in adults and increases the risks of respiratory diseases and premature deaths among infants. Legislation on smoking ban is an important part of our national multi-pronged strategy to combat smoking. It promotes an environment conducive to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and discourages smokers from lighting up."

The NEA will be rolling out a series of publicity activities to keep members of the public informed about the extension. The agency has also conducted meetings and dialogue sessions with various parties and will continue to work with building/facilities managers on site to ensure smooth implementation of the smoking prohibition. Building managers, for example, are advised to set up designated smoking points away from entrances/exits and direct smokers to the smoking point. Any building/facilities manager who requires further assistance on the implementation of the smoking prohibition regulations is encouraged to contact the NEA Call Centre at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255 632).

1 comment:

JuN said...

Agreed, they should just ban it everywhere, keep the air really clean.

I used to smoke but now I just cant stand it.