It’s a fact. Smoking kills.
There is no safe way to smoke and every puff takes you closer to death.
In the debate on Ministry of Health budget in Parliament, Associate Professor Faishal announced that public consultation will be held for one of the several tobacco control measures and that the Government will continue to help smokers quit through health campaigns. This is in addition to the local ban of Shisha and E-Cigarettes.
On average, 7 Singaporeans die each day from smoking. 250 non-smokers die in Singapore from exposure to second-hand smoke each year. (Source: Tobacco Free Singapore)
Over the years, Singapore Government has increased the tobacco tax by more than 100%, restricted the number of places where smokers can have their fix, and ran numerous campaigns.
We need to gradually phase out smoking for the sake of future generations of Singapore. The only reason why we are not adopting a draconian approach on this is that we do not want to negatively impact the current smokers, causing them to go to suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
Here are some suggestions that might help.
1 – Give them money for every day that they stay smoke free.
Singaporeans love money. This is sure to work.
2 – Cigarette buyers must go through an obstacle course to get to their packs.
Smoking will reduce your stamina. They will run out of breathe midway. In the short run, they will be too tired to smoke, in the long run, they will get fitter and hopefully kick the habit completely.
3 – Sell Dirty Cigarettes. Sell the sticks individually and put them among flies and rats.
Singaporeans will be too grossed out to put the ciggs on their lips and suck on it (don’t think they will share either).
Until someone else comes up to Mr Faishal with a better idea, I guess he will have to take the tested way of discouraging smokers in picking up their next stick such as removing logos from cigarette packaging to make it as plain as possible (and not attract attention) and taking their displays off the shelves.
Its for their own good and hopefully they will realise this.
Slowly but surely, a smoke free Singapore is in progress.