The minimum age for purchase, use and possession of tobacco products in Singapore will be raised from 18 to 21 years old. Changes will be implemented over the next few years.

Senior Minister of State Amy Khor outlined MOH’s plans this week. We break down 5 things in her speech MOH really wanted to tell you, but cannot because it’s politically incorrect.

“We want to protect our young from the harms of tobacco, and lay out the foundation for good health. In Singapore, nearly half (45%) of smokers become regular smokers between the ages of 18 and 21 years.  According to a report by the World Health Organization, persons who do not start smoking before the age of 21 are unlikely to ever begin.”

What MOH really means but cannot say: A lot of guys pick up smoking when they enter the army. Then they teach their girlfriends to smoke. When they grow up, their children also pick up smoking. It’s time to break the chain-smoking. Get it, get it?

“We will propose legislative changes to Parliament within a year to raise the Minimum Legal Age for sale of tobacco products to minors, from 18 to 21 years.  The change will be phased in over a few years.”

 

What MOH really means but cannot say: You have at least a year to quit smoking. Better start now.

Findings from Needham, Massachusetts, the first US town to increase its Minimum Legal Age (MLA) for sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 years, are promising – youth smoking rates have fallen more rapidly here compared to neighbouring areas. At least 215 localities in the US, including New York City and the states of Hawaii and California, have since increased their MLA to 21 years.

What MOH really means but cannot say: We just want to tell you even your liberal ang moh countries have done it before. So don’t say we are taking away your human rights.

Between December 2015 to March 2016, HPB conducted public consultation on further tobacco control measures. The feedback showed considerable support for raising the MLA in Singapore.

What MOH really means but cannot say: Before you kaopeh, we asked people what they thought before going ahead. And many many people agreed. We also know how to cover our ka chings one ok. (Actually maybe their consultation all non-smokers. Of course support lor.)

We at Thoughts of Real Singaporeans support good health. So to all those that are trying to quit smoking, we are cheering you on.

 

Have a good weekend.