In Your Opinion Podcast: Can Singapore pull off the tobacco-free generation approach?

In this episode, ST's Insight editor Grace Ho speaks with Emeritus Professor Jon Berrick of Yale-NUS College on how the tobacco-free generation (TFG) approach can reduce smoking prevalence. PHOTO: ST FILE

Synopsis: Every second and fourth Friday of the month, The Straits Times' Insight editor Grace Ho takes a hard look at political and social issues of the day with her expert guests.

In Part Two, she looks at how the tobacco-free generation (TFG) approach - which proposes to ban the sale of tobacco to people born after a certain year - can reduce smoking prevalence. 

In the studio to explain what this means, and whether it can be achieved in Singapore, is Emeritus Professor Jon Berrick of Yale-NUS College. He’s also an Honorary Professor at University of Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University.

Highlights (click/tap above):

2:50 Why raising the minimum legal age for smoking is not enough

6:03 The countries where TFG has been carried out

8:00 Remaining gaps in these countries' efforts to carry out TFG 

9:50 What TFG in Singapore could look like

11:15 Legal challenges mounted by the tobacco industry and their impact on governments' ability to stub out smoking

Listen to Pt 1 here:

Read the articles here:

Produced by: Grace Ho (, Ernest Luis, Teo Tong Kai and Eden Soh

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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