Anti-smoking measures

With Orchard Road becoming a no-smoking zone, coffee shops could be next

This year's Orchard Road smoking ban and increase of the minimum legal age for smoking from 18 to 19, and progressively to 21 by 2021, are among the Government's efforts to curb smoking.
This year's Orchard Road smoking ban and increase of the minimum legal age for smoking from 18 to 19, and progressively to 21 by 2021, are among the Government's efforts to curb smoking.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Orchard Road is a no-smoking zone, as part of the Government's crackdown on the unhealthy habit. Insight looks at the measures so far and what lies ahead.

It is a typical scene at coffee shops across the island. At the TG 339 Eating House in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, there are four tables in a smoking corner marked by yellow lines.

In this space, smokers, including hawker Liu Song Lin, 30, indulge in their afternoon puff, the smoke from their cigarettes rising, curling, then dissipating into the surrounding air.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'Snuffing out an unhealthy habit in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe