The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Improve enforcement of smoking ban


IT IS heartening to know that the authorities are doing more to safeguard people from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, but I am sceptical about the effectiveness of the measures ("Ban on smoking in more areas from January"; last Saturday).

I say this because almost every day, I see smokers blatantly defying the smoking ban at Whampoa market and some of the coffee shops near my workplace.

They smoke in the market after eating their meals, when there is a "no smoking" sign right next to them. Those at the coffee shops smoke outside the yellow box; even the stall assistant smokes while serving drinks to customers.

If this is not bad enough, people at my workplace smoke in the lifts, lift lobby and toilets.

What is the point of extending the smoking ban to more areas when there is no one around to enforce it?

I hope the relevant authorities can improve enforcement efforts.

Willie Tan