Friday, January 22, 2010

Trivia: Smoking

Smoking is one of the things the Singapore Government is allergic of.

If you haven't heard it yet, Singapore is one of the cleanest countries in the world. And carbon-dioxide that's puffed out from burn little sticks is definitely won't do they good.

Smoking in Singapore is prohibited in most air-conditioned and/or indoor areas (lifts, cinemas, concert halls, restaurants, government offices, shopping centres) and in public transportation (buses, taxis, MRTs), even 5 metres away from any front door of any building.

The penalty would be a fine. First-time offenders pay a fine of $1,000, and that includes non-Singaporeans.

And, you can't just smoke any other cigarettes: you have to buy them in Singapore, because the cigarettes sold in Singapore is already taxed. Those caught smoking cigarettes without the “SDPC” (Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarette) stamp on them can be fined at least S$500 for each pack found on their person.
However, you are allowed to bring in one OPENED pack of cig into Singapore.

As if it isn't discouraging enough, the price of a pack of cigarettes is relatively high (sometimes almost US$4 for 20 sticks - compared to US$2 in neighbouring Malaysia), as tobacco tax has been US$120 per kilogram since 1991.

TIPS: Buy the cigarretes in the Duty Free Shop before you entering the city.


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