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Getting to the heart of smoking matter

Softer approach to changing smokers' behaviour can complement tough laws

Singapore's laws against smoking are among the toughest in the world, with two recent measures hammering home the message.

Formerly, it was only illegal to import, sell and distribute cigarette substitutes like smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, and battery-powered devices such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes and e-cigars. And there was no penalty for users of e-cigarettes for smoking the vapour they produce, known as vaping, in private spaces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'Getting to the heart of smoking matter'. Subscribe