Singapore Strengthens Enforcement Measures Against E-Cigarette Carrying Travelers

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Singapore strengthens enforcement measures to crack down on the entry of e-cigarette carrying passengers as part of a global initiative.

According to recent reports from Disway, Singapore is intensifying its law enforcement measures against travelers carrying e-cigarettes as part of its global efforts to combat the use of e-cigarettes.

The Ministry of Health in Singapore has confirmed that authorities will be carrying out operations at the sea, land, and air checkpoints at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Every incoming traveler will be subjected to inspections of e-cigarettes and their components, and those found in possession may face fines. It is worth noting that purchasing and using e-cigarettes in Singapore is already considered illegal, with fines reaching up to $2,000 SGD.

Importers or sellers of e-cigarette products may face fines of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars, while first-time offenders may potentially face a prison sentence of up to six months.

The Ministry of Health and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) have stated that starting from December 1st, enforcement officials from the National Environment Agency will have the authority to take action against individuals who use or possess e-cigarettes.

They further added that they have also collaborated with the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Infocomm Media Development Authority to enhance the detection and removal of online e-cigarette sales and advertisements.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has stated that it has been monitoring the illegal sale of electronic vaporizers through social media and messaging platforms, in an effort to curb online access to such items.

Singapore, like the United Kingdom and Australia, is actively addressing the issue of youth using e-cigarettes. Shortly after Australia announced a ban on importing disposable e-cigarettes from January 2024.

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