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Singapore: Smoking To Be Prohibited At Remaining Public Parks And Gardens, ABC Waters Sites And 10 Recreational Beaches From 1 July 2022

29 June 2022

Source: National Environment Agency

JOINT ADVISORY BETWEEN NEA, NPARKS, PUB AND SDC  

Singapore, 29 June 2022
 – From 1 July 2022, smoking will be prohibited at the three new types of premises listed below, as earlier announced during the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment’s Committee of Supply Debate on 7 March 2022. To provide members of the public with sufficient time to adjust, in the first three months of the smoking prohibition extension, those caught smoking in the newly prohibited places will receive verbal advisories. Enforcement action will take effect from 1 October 2022[1].

·       All remaining public parks and gardens[2];

·       Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) sites; and

·       10 recreational beaches (refer to Annex A for list of beaches).

2          Officers from NEA, the National Parks Board (NParks), the National Water Agency PUB, and Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) are authorised to issue verbal advisories and take enforcement action for smoking offences in these newly prohibited places[3]. ‘No Smoking by law’ signage, posters and banners have also been put up at the new smoke-free locations as additional visual reminders.

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Signage, posters and banners have been put up in public parks and gardens, as well as Park Connectors to remind visitors about the smoking prohibition (Photo credit: NParks)

3          Smoking is already prohibited in some green spaces such as neighbourhood parks in private and public housing estates, reservoirs and nature reserves. This round of implementation is a progressive extension of the smoking prohibition to other places that are frequented by the public for recreational activities. To allow smokers to adjust to smoke-free parks, Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) are provided in some larger regional parks and within the vicinity of the three beaches in Sentosa (refer to Annex B for the list of places where DSAs are available).

 
DSA 1 DSA 2

Example of Designated Smoking Area in Parks
(Photo credit: NParks)

Example of Designated Smoking Area outside Sapphire Pavilion, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
(Photo credit: SDC)

4          Members of the public can refer to the agencies’ websites for more information on the list of newly smoking prohibited places:

NEA

·       https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/smoking-prohibition/smoking-prohibition-extension/smoking-prohibition-in-reservoirs-and-parks

NParks

·       https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/dos-and-donts/designated-smoke-free-areas

PUB

·       https://www.pub.gov.sg/abcwaters/explore

SDC

·       https://www.sentosa.com.sg/smoking-prohibition-at-sentosa-beaches

5        Smoking is currently prohibited in more than 49,000 premises, both indoor and outdoor. We encourage smokers to be socially responsible when smoking in public places, and not to light up in smoking prohibited places. Friendly and timely reminders from family, friends and other members of the community can help to reinforce the right social behaviour and norms.



 

[1] From 1 October 2022, an individual who is caught smoking or holding a lit cigarette in the newly prohibited places is liable to a composition sum of $200.

[2] Applies only to all parks and gardens managed by NParks.

[3] Enforcement officers under PUB and NParks will be authorised and empowered under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act 1992 to take enforcement for smoking offences. Under the Parks and Trees Act, enforcement officers from NParks will be able to take enforcement for smoking offences in public parks and gardens under NParks’ purview. Under the Sentosa Development Corporation Regulations, enforcement officers from Sentosa Development Corporation will be able to take enforcement for smoking offences in Sentosa beaches.

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ANNEX A

10 Recreational Beaches

1)    Changi Beach

2)    East Coast Beach

3)    West Coast Beach

4)    Sembawang Beach

5)    Pasir Ris Beach

6)    Coney Island Beach

7)    Punggol Beach

8)    Siloso Beach^

9)    Palawan Beach^

10) Tanjong Beach^

 

^Enforcement for smoking at these beaches come under the Sentosa Development Corporation Regulations.

ANNEX B

Parks and Beaches with Designated Smoking Areas (DSA)

Table 1: Beaches with DSAs

S/N

Parks with DSAs

No. of DSAs

1

Palawan Beach

3

2

Siloso Beach

5

3

Tanjong Beach

2

 

Table 2: Parks with DSAs

S/N

Parks with DSAs

No. of DSAs

1

East Coast Park

10

2

Changi Beach Park

3

3

Pasir Ris Park

3

4

West Coast Park

3

5

Sembawang Park

1

6

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

2

7

Jurong Central Park

1

8

Marsiling Park

1

9

Mount Faber Park

1

10

Woodlands Waterfront Park

1

11

Tanjong Pagar Park (existing)

1

12

Raffles Place Park (existing)

1