Radical ways needed to stub out smoking

An economist suggests hitting neighbourhood smokers with higher conservancy fees.

Public health policies have gained momentum in reducing the number of smokers over time.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The recent parliamentary debate on whether to ban residents from smoking near windows or on their balconies is important, for arguments at its heart centre on private rights versus public health.

Public health policies have gained momentum in reducing the number of smokers over time, so this must be kept up and evaluated for greater effectiveness.

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