Why can’t we ban smoking in all public areas?
Although the long-term goal is to prohibit smoking at all public places, except at Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) , we need to
recognise that smokers also need space to smoke. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been progressively extending the Smoking Regulations to more public places where the public are more likely to be exposed everyday to second-hand tobacco smoke, in consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders.
In 2013, the NEA extended the smoking prohibition to common areas in residential buildings, sheltered walkways, linkways,
overhead bridges, outdoor compounds of hospitals and a five metre buffer zone around bus shelters.In June 2016, the smoking ban was also extended to include more public areas such as, reservoirs and more than 400 parks. These include parks under the purview of JTC Corporation, parks in public housing estates, which are managed by the respective Town
Councils, and neighbourhood parks, under NParks, which are within private housing estates.Since 30 June 2017, NEA also stopped accepting applications for smoking corners in all food retail establishments.
Existing smoking corners will remain until the current licence expires. Food retail establishments with smoking
corners are required to demarcate the smoking corner clearly, but setting up of physical partitions is not compulsory.Since January 2019, public areas within the Orchard Road precinct was designated as a No Smoking Zone (NSZ). Brochures listings of the locations of DSAs are available at shopping malls and point-of-sales of tobacco products. Signage and advertisements are also found at lamp posts and bins in the erected areas, selected bus stops and on buses that ply Orchard Road.More information can be found at the NEA’s website here.
Where are the smoking-prohibited places in Singapore?
The smoking prohibition in Singapore has been gradually expanding in consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders over the years. Since 2013, the smoking prohibition has been extended to the common areas of public and private residential premises, including condominiums (eg. common corridors, stairwells, lobby, and void deck).
It is an offence for a person to smoke in non-smoking areas listed under the Smoking Act. More information on the list
of places and public service vehicles where smoking is prohibited, can be found on NEA’s website here.
Apart from the national smoking prohibition laws, the public should also be mindful of any additional
house rules or by-laws put in place by owners/managers of premises against smoking in their premises.
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How can I appeal for my offences issued by NEA?
The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the reviewing agency for all appeals issued against littering, smoking and spitting. For enquiries, you may use our feedback form.
Please note that you will be asked for supporting documents for your appeals to be considered. All information regarding the offence and the appeal outcome are considered confidential and will only be disclosed to the offender/appellant directly.
How can I report smoking offences?
If you have feedback on smoking offence committed in public spaces, you may share it with us via our feedback form. The officers from the National Environment Agency (NEA) will work with the respective agency/landowner to address your feedback.
To learn more about smoking prohibition in Singapore, you may visit NEA's website here.
Why can't the Ministry ban smoking in residential units?
The Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act ("Smoking Act") administered by the National Environment Agency (NEA) aims to protect members of the public from the harmful health effects of second-hand tobacco smoke in public places. NEA has been progressively extending the smoking prohibition to more public places in consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders. Since 2013, the smoking prohibition has been extended to the common areas of public and private residential premises, including condominiums (eg. common corridors, stairwells, lobby, and void deck).Indiscriminate smoking in homes can be distressing, and we empathise with those affected. Nevertheless, homes are private spaces and our regulations should be balanced against privacy concerns. The Government's extension of regulatory powers into one private space can be seen as intrusive and impinging on what residents can or cannot do at home. Such an intrusive regulatory approach to tackling neighbourly issues can be detrimental to community harmony and ownership. Instead, NEA has focused its efforts on education to urge smokers to be considerate and to refrain from smoking in a way that would negatively affect their neighbours.Living close to one another necessitates good neighbourly behaviour so that we can live together harmoniously. Affected residents are encouraged to resolve the issue amicably with their neighbours or seek assistance from a professional mediator from the Community Mediation Centre (CMC). You may call the CMC at 63251600 or visit their website here.