Forum: Get tough on spitting in public

People walking on the street on Sept 27, 2018.
People walking on the street on Sept 27, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

During the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) crisis, there was an effective public campaign against spitting in public spaces.

People became very conscious about this unsanitary habit as they were fearful that it could spread the Sars virus.

Now, 17 years later, people have become very complacent again. This is even though the coronavirus is now upon us.

For the sake of public health, it is time we fine those who indiscriminately spit in public.

Seow Kian Wee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'Get tough on spitting in public'. Print Edition | Subscribe