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Singapore

Tobacco Control Policies

Singapore became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 14, 2004.  
 
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in shops, universities and vocational facilities, cultural facilities, and hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Although smoking is prohibited in some indoor public places and workplaces, designated smoking areas can be established in many workplaces, government buildings, hawker centers, and public transport facilities, among others.
 
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Virtually all advertising of tobacco products is banned, with “advertising” defined very broadly to encompass most forms of direct and indirect advertising and promotion. Point of sale product display is prohibited at most points of retail sale, although specialist tobacconists and certain duty-free shops are exempt. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship, although the publicity of such sponsorship is prohibited under the general ban on tobacco advertising.
 
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Plain packaging is required for all tobacco products beginning July 1, 2020. Combined picture and textual health warnings are required to appear on 75 percent of the front and back of smoked tobacco product packaging. Rotation is required every 24 months. The law prohibits the sale of smokeless tobacco products. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light”; “lights”; “low tar”; “low-tar”; “mild”; and “ultra-light"; is prohibited.
 
Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The World Health Organization recommends raising tobacco excise taxes so that they account for at least 70 percent of retail prices. Tobacco excise taxes in Singapore are below these recommendations.   
Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Yes
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • No
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • No
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • Yes
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • Yes
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 6
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 75%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 75%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 75%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • No
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • SGD
  • 14.10
  • Total taxes
  • 67%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 10.35
  • Total excise
  • 61%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/

Last updated: January 14, 2021