Do you remember your first cigarette (if you smoke, that is)?
It was probably when you were 18 or 19 and in a club, where all the cool kids will huddle into a congested room riddled with the stench of tobacco, to light up a fag.
In no means am I trying to glamourise the disgusting/expensive habit, but would things have been different for us if the legal age of smoking was 21?
I think it probably would since 18 is the legal age to the darker side of life, like alcohol, clubbing, and bar-hopping.
While Singapore has made efforts to reduce cigarette sales, such as anti-smoking adverts, banning the display of cigarettes in shops and the (not-so) horrifying health warning labels on the boxes.
Their next action might be the biggest move to reduce the number of smokers in Singapore.
No smoking until you’re 21 years old
Once you’re hooked, it is hard to quit—doable but hard.
The best way is to stop people from even starting and this new bill of raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. This might actually help the post-millennials from even starting the habit.
It was mentioned that nearly half of smokers start to light up regularly at the age of 18-21. By raising the age limit, they’re hoping to prevent more smokers from even touching their first cigarettes.
The Straits Times reported that the bill will be debated at a later date.
To add on, there will be a bill to amend the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
If this bill passes through, it will mean that it will be illegal for people to own imitation tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and offenders can be fined up to $2000.
This is definitely the right approach, and I will be waiting (to see if the bill passes through) with bated breath.
If some of you are thinking about quitting, you can check out the I Quit 28-Day Countdown!
As you can see the benefits of quitting are immense!
Those who are smoking and under 21, be prepared. Be very, very prepared.
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