Singapore to further expand smoking ban in public places

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The smoking ban in Singapore will soon be extended to more public places, with the long term goal of prohibiting smoking in all public places except designated smoking areas, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu said on Tuesday.

The ban will be expanded to cover places such as common corridors, void decks and staircases within residential buildings, sheltered walkways and overhead bridges and outdoor hospital compounds. It will be banned within a five meter radius around bus shelters, too, she said.

Implementation details of the smoking prohibition will be refined in consultation with the community and building owners.

Singapore introduced a smoking ban at all bus stops in 2005.

Fu also said she was hoping for more hawker food centers to make their premises smoking-free.

The ministry will consider extending the ban to selected parks and town areas, too.

Fu said community engagement and individual responsibility are key to successful implementation as there is a limit to the resources that can be committed to enforcing a wider smoking ban.

She said there should be clearer demarcations of areas where smoking is allowed going forward as more areas are gazetted as non- smoking.

"Our aim, in collaboration with the Health Promotion Board, is to work towards a future where Singaporeans consider smoking not only detrimental to health, but also socially unacceptable," she said.

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