Smoking rates down by almost half from 1977

Mr Ferose Jahangir, who tried to quit smoking several times without success, has now been able to stop smoking for about 11/2 years, thanks to help from a trained consultant from the Health Promotion Board's QuitLine.
Mr Ferose Jahangir, who tried to quit smoking several times without success, has now been able to stop smoking for about 11/2 years, thanks to help from a trained consultant from the Health Promotion Board's QuitLine.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Singapore's fight against smoking started almost half a century ago when puffing on cigarettes was banned in buses, cinemas and theatres in September 1970.

Since then, the smoking ban has been extended to almost all places where people gather, including restaurants, bus interchanges and shelters, playgrounds, lifts and shopping malls. Those who flout the rules can be fined up to $1,000, if convicted in court.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Smoking rates down by almost half from 1977'. Print Edition | Subscribe