Vaping laws in Singapore
Telling someone that legalising vaping in Singapore is a great opportunity, will cause a headache. Your friends will say ‘Isn’t vaping unhealthy?’, while your aunties and uncles will probably choose to include more profanities in their response, and a message about how you ought not to be smoking.
If you’re well-versed on the issue, you might show them some of the 55 peer-reviewed studies finding vaping as a less harmful alternative than traditional cigarettes, and nicotine vaping as an efficient way to quit smoking.
Yet, such friends and family will still be sceptical. They worry that legalising vaping would lead more young people to smoke. However, you can reassure them by stating that according to researchers, the legalisation of nicotine vaping in the UK has not led more youth to take up smoking or vaping.
You could even tell them that such findings have led the British Medical Association, the UK’s trade union for doctors, to clearly state on their website that:
‘Increasing numbers of smokers are using e-cigarettes, with many people finding them helpful in cutting down or quitting cigarette use. There are clear potential benefits to e-cigarettes in reducing the harms associated with smoking.’
At this point, your aunties will be wondering when you took up smoking, looking for someone to blame.
However, the real noise will come when they learn that under section 16(2A) of the Tobacco Control of Advisements and Sale Act, that it is illegal to possess, purchase and use vapes. Persons found guilty of this offence can be fined up to $2,000, while those who import it face fines up to $10,000 and a year in prison.
It won’t matter what your counter argument is, even though the government would save more money by a reduction in healthcare costs if e-cigarettes were legalised (according to the Mckell Institute). Your aunties would have already called your parents and an impending loud discussion will await you at home.