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Singapore wants fewer people to smoke

Post by abbby » Sat, 28 Nov 2020 10:18 am

It's a behavioural issue, not sure how can this be tackled, people of all ages smoking despite cigarettes are expensive and so many restrictions to smoking here.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 28 Nov 2020 3:55 pm

They would be better off just eliminating hydrocarbon burning vehicles. At least that way, the smokers only kill themselves instead of the government sanctioning mass murder by unburnt hydrocarbons from overcrowded highways. Idling cars are the biggest polluters.

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Post by malcontent » Sat, 28 Nov 2020 4:30 pm

It is surprising that Singapore does not adopt higher emissions standards. Although it’s a small island and not a big emitter in that sense, every time I walk out to the main road from my condo (4 lanes in each direction) I get hit by a wall of exhaust fumes.

Regarding elimination of smoking - the ideal would be to just increase the legal age by one each year so that those who are 17 this year would never become legal to smoke. As the age ratchets up, any new foreign residents would also have to abide by this. Probably a pipe dream, no pun intended.

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Re: Singapore wants fewer people to smoke

Post by saadsalman37 » Sat, 28 Nov 2020 5:21 pm

How do I stop smoking weed if Ive been smoking every day for the last three years? I don’t think I can make it through the day without smoking.

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Post by malcontent » Sat, 28 Nov 2020 6:55 pm

If you need a reason, there is the health angle; fun fact - weed has twice as many carcinogens as tobacco. To be honest, weed is not that addictive, it’s not like trying to quit cigarettes (which are as addictive as hardcore drugs).

Even if you don’t care about your health, the number one reason not to is because regular use can make you lose any ambitions you may have in life. I grew up in a small backwoods town filled with potheads, so I’ve seen it all firsthand. The final thing I’ll say on it - the buzz just ain’t that great. Maybe it affects different people differently.

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Post by Max Headroom » Sun, 29 Nov 2020 1:16 pm

SMS, if I'm not mistaken, the gas used here is of a way way higher standard than most countries, certainly than Malaysia, for example. Traffic over there smells way worse than here in Singers; though even Malaysia's traffic isn't as bad as in London with all those knackered old bangers still on the roads there.

The fact that there's very few cars here older than 10 years should also make for somewhat better emissions I suppose.

With that said, you're right, I do wish there would be more anti-idling enforcement here. I've got a real bee under my, ehm, bonnet for idling cars and lorries. Idling is against the law here, that much is true, but few drivers seem to care either way, and it's hard to get it enforced.

Bottom line: I think the authorities prefer to ride out the fossil fuel era, given that it's on its last legs anyway. Can't wait for Singapore to go all-electric. How awesome would that be - no more exhaust fumes anywhere, yay!

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Re: Singapore wants fewer people to smoke

Post by malcontent » Sun, 29 Nov 2020 7:29 pm

Singapore could easily go all electric, or at least Euro V. But that would increase the cost. My company sells machinery here and you are right about the fuel quality, Singapore is the only part of SE Asia where the fuel quality is good enough for us to sell our highest emissions machinery — but mostly we don’t, because it’s not required and nobody is willing to pay for it. Similar story in ANZ for our machinery, it’s not yet required and only a few customers are willing to pay for it.

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