Legalise E-Cigarettes in Singapore as a Tobacco Harm Reduction Strategy
The government of the Republic of Singapore has sanctioned a ban on all electronic-cigarettes since December 2015 in a 2 phase ban on emerging tobacco products (MOH Singapore, 2015).
Just last month between 13 June to 10 July 2017, the Singapore government held a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act which part of it aims to futher strengthen the ban on e-cigarettes by prohibiting the use and possession of "imitation tobacco products" like e-cigarettes (MOH Singapore, 2017).
To quote Professor Gerry Stimson, of Imperial College London, and Mr Clive Bates, a longstanding tobacco control campaigner, "The ban protects the cigarette trade at the expense of the health of smokers."
The main reason the government is imposing a ban is because of the inability to tax this form of nicotine/tobacco. Year 2014 recorded Tobacco Tax Excise in Singapore at approximately $1.1 billion dollars. The individual should be allowed to exercise his right to health. Granted, smoking should be discouraged completely due to it's many harmful effects, however, one should have a choice at least in the product they choose to smoke.
I therefore appeal to each reader to consider signing this petition for the sake of the health of those who wish to quit smoking traditional cigarettes by switching to a less-harmful option of electronic-cigarettes or simply for choice.
I hope this petition will garner at least 2000 signatures upon which I will call upon Minister of Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong to bring this up when parliament is in session. This would then be considered a valid survey/petition. Failure to garner this number of signatures will result in the ban becoming a rule of law.
One of the only health risks associated with electronic-cigarette smoking is nicotine as compared to the thousands of harmful, cancer causing 'ingredients' of a cigarette. One should not be penalized simply because the government is more concerned with monetary taxation dollars rather than the health of it's citizens.
MOH Singapore. (2015). First Phase Of The Ban On Emerging Tobacco Products To Take Effect From 15 Dec 2015 | Ministry of Health. [online] Available at: https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressR... [Accessed 29 Jul. 2017].
MOH Singapore. (2017). Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act | Ministry of Health. [online] Available at: https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressR... [Accessed 29 Jul. 2017].
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