Fines for those caught smoking at newly prohibited areas from Oct 1

Those caught smoking in these areas were previously issued verbal advisories.

Fitri Mahad

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Published: 3 October 2022, 6:18 PM

Those caught smoking at newly prohibited places may face a composite fine of $200 from Oct 1.

This was announced in a joint advisory by the National Environment Agency (NEA), National Parks Board (NParks), National Water Agency PUB and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) on Thursday (Sep 29).

The enforcement comes after a three-month long advisory period which ended on Sep 30, where those previously caught smoking at these newly prohibited locations were issued verbal advisories.

Smoking was prohibited since Jul 1 in all parks and gardens managed by NParks, PUB’s “Active, Beautiful and Clean” (ABC) sites and 10 recreational beaches.

To help smokers adjust to these changes, Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) are provided in certain regional parks including Changi Beach Park, West Coast Park and Woodlands Waterfront Park. They are also found within the vicinity of three Sentosa beaches – Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach.

The full list of locations where smoking is prohibited can be found on NEA’s website. Signages, posters and banners with the words “No Smoking by law” have also been installed at the new smoke-free locations.

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