Why stop at 21? Aim for higher minimum age for tobacco sales

Singapore's minimum legal age for the purchase of tobacco was raised to 21 on Jan 1, 2021.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

From today, the minimum legal age to buy tobacco in Singapore will be raised from 20 to 21. This is part of the Government's recent effort to tackle the problem of smoking, together with measures such as plain packaging, point-of-sale display bans and the Orchard Road smoking ban.

The concerted effort in tobacco control has seen smoking rates in Singapore fall steadily from 14.3 per cent in 2010 to 10.6 per cent in 2019. While this is a laudable achievement, the country cannot afford to rest on its laurels and more needs to be done.

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