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Nee Soon South's smoke-free zone slow to catch on

Smokers puff away outside designated smoking areas

Published on Jan 8, 2014 8:19 AM
 
One of six designated smoking areas, each measuring 3m by 3m, in Nee Soon South Zone D, which is a community-led, smoke-free zone. They are located in open-air spaces such as grass patches. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

The smoke-free signs were everywhere, but smokers were oblivious. Instead of lighting up at six designated smoking areas in the smoke-free zone, which spans 28 blocks in Nee Soon South constituency, many were puffing away outside these areas.

The designated smoking areas, each measuring 3m by 3m and located in open-air spaces such as grass patches, were empty when The Straits Times visited yesterday.

They were launched on Sunday by grassroots adviser Lee Bee Wah as part of Singapore's first community-led smoke-free zone, which covers communal spaces in Nee Soon South Zone D.

These include Yishun Stadium, Sports Hall and Recreation Centre, as well as residential blocks 816 to 849. But smokers will not be penalised if they smoke outside the designated points.

 
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