Singapore Government Intensifies Crackdown on E-cigarette, Penalties Imposed on Offenders

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Singapore Government Intensifies Crackdown on E-cigarette, Penalties Imposed on Offenders
Singapore's government is intensifying its crackdown on e-cigarettes, leading Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to urge the government to lift the ban.

According to The Independent, Singaporean government's crackdown on e-cigarettes has recently intensified, leading to several individuals being fined for illegally possessing e-cigarettes between late 2023 and early 2024.


Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is calling on the government to lift the ban on e-cigarettes.


In early December at the Zoukout music festival, Li Xianyang expressed his belief that Singapore should lift the ban on e-cigarettes, stating that the benefits of using e-cigarettes in compliance far outweigh the possible risks. He argues that compared to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes pose less harm to health and suggests implementing reasonable regulations and enforcing safety standards for their use. He emphasizes the importance of allowing individuals who have a need to quit smoking to use e-cigarettes, suggesting the current prohibition is an erroneous public policy.


In his Facebook post, Li Xianyang shared a screenshot of a British webpage supporting the viewpoint that e-cigarettes have less harm compared to traditional cigarettes. While some netizens agree with his argument, others believe the issue lies in the increase of non-smokers starting to use e-cigarettes rather than smokers quitting smoking.


Some critics argue that while the transition of smokers to e-cigarettes may be an improvement, the proliferation of e-cigarettes among non-smokers, particularly young people and adolescents, could pose harm to society.


Despite calls from society, the government remains steadfast in its tough stance on e-cigarettes and continues to reinforce border enforcement.


According to the latest report on January 4th, the Singapore government plans to intensify its crackdown on e-cigarettes at land and sea checkpoints in the coming months. Additionally, efforts will be made to enhance detection and enforcement against e-cigarettes in communities, schools, and higher education institutions.


In addition, the relevant departments have strengthened online monitoring to identify and eliminate sales and advertisements related to e-cigarettes. Under the new regulations, individuals found in possession, using or purchasing e-cigarettes may face fines of up to 2,000 new dollars. Importing, distributing, selling, or providing sales of e-cigarettes and their components also constitute illegal activities, with offenders facing fines of up to 10,000 new dollars, a maximum prison term of six months, or both. Repeat offenders will face increased fines of up to 20,000 new dollars (approximately 14,800 US dollars) and a possible prison term of up to 12 months, with their products being seized as part of law enforcement actions.


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