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New legislation passed in Singapore on 7 November will increase the legal minimum age a person can buy tobacco products, from 18 to 21. On 1 January 2019 the legal age will be raised to 19, and will increase by an additional year in 2020 and 2021.

Because many smokers take up the habit before the age of 21 – and because the tobacco industry aggressively targets young adults – increasing the minimum sale age for tobacco products will complement proven strategies for reducing tobacco use.

The Union, whose Asia Pacific Office is based in Singapore, welcomes the new law. It will be introduced alongside greater restrictions on new nicotine products including e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products.

The Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Non-Communicable Disease Prevention congratulated the government of Singapore for its tobacco control leadership in the region and its commitment to becoming a tobacco-free country, in a statement issued by its co-chairs Francis Garcia, mayor of Balanga City, Philippines, and Bima Arya, mayor of Bogor City, Indonesia.

 

 

 

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