In a 2010 paper in the journal Tobacco Control, a group of Singapore-based cancer specialists proposed phasing-out tobacco by denying access to tobacco for anyone born from the year 2000 onwards. The researchers said their idea introduced the concept of tobacco-free generations that would “never legally be able to take up the harmful habit of smoking, at any age”
So very S’porean.
I came across the above when I read Should you need a licence to smoke? This is something experts in the West are now thinking of recommending.
S’pore’s juz the place to introduce it, less draconian than banning youngsters from smoking. We got licences to own cars (COEs) , licences to drive into the city (ERP charges), licences to buy “subsidised” public housing (got to have marriage licences first), and local media journalists need licence to think (juz kidding).
And the govt could introduce the mandatory death penalty for smoking without licences. Shan could justify it on the grounds that smokers are all going to die one day, anyway.