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Raising minimum legal age for smoking: Making it harder for youth to light up
10 Mar 2017
The minimum legal age for smoking in Singapore will be raised from 18 to 21, to make it harder for young people to get hold of cigarettes at a time when they are more vulnerable to peer pressure and the addictive effects of nicotine. The National Health Surveillance Survey showed that Singaporeans are starting to pick up the habit at a younger age.
Professor Chia Kee Seng, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health noted that "Tobacco companies are known to target youth in their marketing to get them addicted as early as possible. Youths are also more susceptible to nicotine dependency."