SINGAPORE – Retail outlets in Singapore will be banned from displaying tobacco products from 2017 onwards, after changes to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisement and Sale) Bill was passed in Parliament in mid-March 2016.
The ban will apply to all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, beedies (thin cigarettes wrapped with a leaf), and ang hoon (loose tobacco leaves).
Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor said this legislation is aimed at "de-normalising" tobacco use, and reducing the exposure of non-smokers - especially youths - to the advertising effect of point-of-sale tobacco product displays.
Under the new rules, general tobacco retailers will be required to keep tobacco products out of the direct line of sight of customers. Exceptions will be allowed for the restocking of the display unit, or during a sales transaction, unless the staff carrying out these actions stops to do something else.
Retailers may use existing storage units that have been modified – using vertical blinds, or even a curtain, among others - or install new storage units that are permanent, self-closing and opaque. The storage units can be in the same colour as the interior deco or interior walls of the retail outlet, so long as the colour does not draw specific attention to the storage units.
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