You might have heard that Singapore is a country with 1001 rules. The following is an important information about smoking in Singapore.
Vape is Illegal in Singapore!
Though vape is known as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, however owning, buying, or using it in Singapore is illegal according to article 16 (2A) Tobacco Constitute. This also includes e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-cigars since 1 February 2018.
When caught red handed, you can be fined up to $2,000. TCASA chapter 16 (1) stated that importing vaporizer on 1 August 2016 and onwards is illegal.
This means that buying vaporizer online and shipping it to Singapore for own use is absolutely illegal. Violating this law can result in being fined about $10,000 and/or 6 months of jail time. Second offense and onwards will be fined about $20,000 and/or 12 months jail time.
Smoking and using cigars is only legal for people 18 and above in Singapore. However, this minimum age will be increased to 21 in the next 3 years.
Smoking in Singapore
Smoking is also not allowed in most indoor and outdoor places in Singapore — such as cinemas, shopping malls in Singapore, offices, rest places, bus stops, swimming pools and sports stadiums. Smoking areas can be found in food retails entertainment places. Smoking is also not prohibited on public transportations, private vehicles, school buses and taxis.
SG is known for its clean air because of this exact law. The law stated that people are not allowed to smoke near building areas and within 5 metres from them.
If one is caught smoking at any of the forbidden places, he/she can be fined up to $200. If the case is brought to court, the settlement can rise up to $1,000.
List of places where smoking is normally allowed:
⁃ Private houses
⁃ Private vehicle (as long as there is no tobacco smoke after exhaled) for example, closing the windows when passing or stopping by at a smoke free zones.
⁃ Open spaces at private houses
⁃ Public open spaces
⁃ Open space of rooftop car parks
⁃ Vacant lands
⁃ Special smoking areas
⁃ Approved smoking room in entertainment places, offices and Changi Airport
⁃ Open space refreshment area at food centres
*Facilities or buildings located on a higher level from the ground (like restaurants and within 5 metres from the entrance of a building) is still considered to be smoke free zones
*Other than the laws made by Singapore, you will also need to pay attention to the rules made by the owner or person in charge of the place you will be smoking at.
Smoking Area at Orchard Road
If you are a smoker and planning on going to Orchard Road, you might have to wait a little longer to smoke because this famous area has become a smoke free zone since July 2018.
People were permitted to smoke freely at Orchard Road in the past but now, smokers are only allowed to smoke at Cuppage Terrace, Orchard Towers, Far East Plaza, The Heeren and behind Somerset MRT.