All Singapore Stuff / One puff under shelter, and National Environment Agency officer fined me!

One puff under shelter, and National Environment Agency officer fined me!
One puff under shelter, and National Environment Agency officer fined me!

All Singapore Stuff wants to get “National Environment Agency (NEA) outsourced auxillary officer” into trouble but they cannot get their story straight. So did All Singapore Stuff’s “contributor” take a puff or not? “I wasn’t puffing” VS “one puff under shelter”.

Smoking Prohibition

The Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act administered by NEA is part of the national effort to promote a smoke-free lifestyle in Singapore. Smoking prohibition in Singapore was first introduced in 1970 and NEA has been gradually expanding the list of smoke-free places covered under the Act in consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders.

The Government’s long-term policy goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. We seek to reach this goal by progressively extending the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act to more public places where the public will be impacted in their daily lives.

Given the large number of places where smoking is prohibited, it is not possible for NEA to deploy officers to watch over all these locations at all times. Operators and managers of premises are required to stop patrons, visitors and staff from smoking in such smoking-prohibited areas or request that they leave the premises.

Everyone can help to ensure the effective implementation of the smoking prohibition extension. Smokers are reminded to be socially responsible and considerate when smoking in public places and to smoke in permitted areas only.  The community can also play an active role by reminding smokers not to light up in smoking prohibited places.

Together, we can make Singapore a cleaner and healthier place for all to live in.

List of Places Where Smoking is Prohibited

It is an offence for a person to smoke in non-smoking areas listed under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act. The current list of places where smoking is prohibited is given below:

List of Places Where Smoking is Prohibited
  • Omnibuses
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Lifts
  • Amusement centres
  • Hospitals (indoor), maternity homes, medical clinics and nursing homes
  • Indoor areas of fast-food outlets
  • Indoor ice-skating rinks, roller skating rinks and roller discotheques
  • Selected air-conditioned departmental stores, mini-supermarkets, supermarkets, air-conditioned restaurants
  • Public libraries, museums and art galleries
  • Convention halls or multi-purpose halls used for meetings or exhibitions
  • Indoor sports arena including bowling alleys, billiard saloons, gymnasiums and fitness centres
  • Private buses, private hire buses, school buses and taxis
  • Air-conditioned hair-dressing saloons and barber shops
  • Banks
  • The Supreme Court, Subordinate Courts and Small Claims Tribunals
  • Air-conditioned offices, factory floors and enclosed or air-con common areas of private residential premises
  • Changi Airport terminal buildings (air-conditioned area)
  • Air-conditioned shopping centres, underground pedestrian walkways
  • Queues in public places
  • Selected air-con areas/facilities in private clubs
  • Schools, polytechnics, junior colleges and Institutes of Technical Education, enclosed or air-con areas in universities
  • Air-conditioned shops
  • Public toilets
  • Bus shelters and bus interchanges
  • Swimming pools and stadiums
  • Community centres/clubs
  • Hawker centres
  • Non air-conditioned foodshops
  • Entertainment outlets such as pubs, bars, discos and lounges
  • Non air-conditioned shops, shopping complexes, office premises and factories
  • Lift lobbies and hotel lobbies
  • Markets
  • Multi-storey and basement carparks
  • Ferry terminals
  • Entrance or exits to indoor areas of buildings and facilities where smoking is prohibited (within 5 metres of the entrances or exits)
  • Playgrounds and exercise areas
  • Common areas in residential buildings (common corridors, stairwells, staircase landings, void decks)
  • Sheltered walkways, linkways and covered drop-off points
  • Pedestrian overhead bridges
  • Hospital outdoor compounds
  • Any area within a 5-meter radius from bus shelters
  • Reservoirs
  • Parks under the purview of JTC Corporation
  • Parks in public housing estates managed by respective Town Councils
  • Premises occupied by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

 List of Areas where Smoking is Generally Allowed*

 Residential Homes
 Private vehicles (e.g. car), excluding private buses
 Open space in residential estates
 Open public spaces (e.g. Marina Promenade)
 Open space in town centres
 Surface carparks
 Uncovered areas of the top of multi-storey carparks
 Uncovered walkways
 Vacant land
Designated smoking areas at smoking prohibited places, including:

  • Approved smoking rooms at entertainment outlets
  • Approved smoking corners at outdoor refreshment areas of food establishments

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