Waste no time in protecting health

It is excellent that there has been a proposal to raise the minimum legal age for smoking (New Bill to raise minimum smoking age to 21; Oct 3).

The Government should waste no time in implementing this rule.

It is common sense that smoking is bad for health. Why wait until more harm is done to our youngsters?

The Government should also reduce the import of cigarettes and tobacco products, and further increase the import tax/duty.

There is no point in letting shiploads of cigarettes and tobacco products come into Singapore and then worrying about Singaporeans taking up smoking.

The authorities have to decide what is more important - the revenue from taxing cigarettes and tobacco products or the health of Singaporeans.

It would also be ideal if the Government could consider raising the minimum age for alcohol consumption as well as the minimum age for securing a driving licence to 21.

There have been so many instances of youngsters getting drunk and driving, and ending up in accidents.

Our public transport system is one of the best in the world. There is no hurry for youngsters to get a driving licence.

I hope the Ministry of Transport can look into this.

Pavithran Vidyadharan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2017, with the headline 'Waste no time in protecting health'. Print Edition | Subscribe