Smoking is something that harms both the smokers and non-smokers. To control smoking combined efforts from everyone is required. Here are some smoking control programs that can be implemented.
These programs can be done in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance. It is a cost-effective strategy to reduce the prevalence rates of smoking. According to a study conducted by the World Bank, it is seen that a 10% rise in the inflation adjusted price, there will be a reduction in consumption of cigarettes by 2% to 8%. Statistics have shown that if the cigarette prices are increased then, the per capita consumption will decrease.
The legislative measures started in the ‘70s, and they undergo regular reviews to include the best international practices. These measures also help to keep up with the social behavior trends among the people of Singapore. The two legislation instruments that they use are ‘Smoking Act’ and ‘Tobacco Act.’ The ‘Smoking Act’ prohibits tobacco advertisements and promotions, provide rotation of graphic health warnings about the use of tobacco products, etc. The ‘Tobacco Act’ prohibits the import and sale of emerging tobacco products, extending health warning labels on the tobacco products, etc. There is also the Prohibition on Smoking in Certain Places Act that prohibits smoking in public places.
Public education is present to prevent the initiation of smoking. Education is also provided to smokers and non-smokers so that they know the harmful effects of smoking.
All these programs are there to create awareness among people to quit smoking. It is expected that the number of smokers in Singapore will decrease soon.