Is vape illegal in Singapore? Vape is a contraband in Singapore. According to the Singapore Tobacco (Advertising and Sales Control) Act, it is an offence to import, distribute, sell any snack, food, toys or supplies similar to tobacco products and packaging similar to general tobacco products, and offenders will be severely punished.
Most public places in Singapore ban smoking, and offenders are fined S$1,000. Singapore’s no-smoking zone has been expanded to more than 400 parks, shopping malls and bus stops within a 5-meter radius, and will eventually be banned across the island without any smoking areas. Smoking is fined 5,000 yuan, and nearly 20,000 people are fined every year. In order to prevent cigarettes from gaining a foothold in the Singapore market, the Ministry of Health announced a complete ban on the import of new tobacco products such as electronic cigars, electronic cigarettes and oral tobacco that have not yet been listed in Singapore.
There is no penalty for vaping in private spaces for vape users. But a ban passed in November made it illegal for people to buy, use and possess imitation tobacco products such as vapes, e-cigars and vape buckets. It is expected to take effect in the next few months.
Singapore is not only smoking ban, but Singapore’s regulations banning the display of tobacco products came into effect on August 1. The new regulations require that tobacco products must be kept out of the public eye except for restocking or trading hours. And Singapore’s new tobacco control law prohibits shop assistants under the age of 21 from selling cigarettes. Singapore’s upcoming new laws will outlaw vape completely, so it’s illegal to even light the device at home. It is now illegal to sell, import and sell only these battery powered units.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health said the ban on vaping was motivated by health concerns. And Singapore has approved the use of nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine inhalers, chewing gum and patches to help smokers quit. Studies in the United States and Canada also show that vape users are one to two times more likely to become smokers than non-users.
Friendly reminder, Singapore Customs stipulates that if you bring cigarettes when entering Singapore, you must declare and pay taxes.
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