Legal smoking age in Singapore to be raised to 21

9 March 2017:

SINGAPORE — More than two years after it started mulling over the move, Singapore will join places such as New York City and California in raising the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21.

Citing a report by the World Health Organisation stating that those who do not start smoking before 21 “are unlikely ever to begin”, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor in Parliament on Thursday (March 9) told the House that, in Singapore, nearly half of smokers become regular smokers between the ages of 18 and 21.