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Efforts to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke in Nee Soon South

The six locations designated as smoking areas in Nee Soon South see an average of three to 15 users a day, and there are plans to move the less frequented areas to locations based on suggestions from residents.

SINGAPORE: Nee Soon South became the first smoke-free constituency in Singapore a month ago, under a pilot project that will last for a year.

And efforts are ongoing to reduce the exposure of residents to second-hand smoke.

Six locations in the neighbourhood have been designated as smoking areas.

Under the pilot programme, smokers are encouraged to smoke at the designated areas.

But they can only be issued tickets by the National Environment Agency if they smoke at a place that explicitly bans smoking.

So far, the designated areas see an average of three to 15 users a day, and there are plans to move the less frequented areas to locations based on suggestions from residents.

Another piece of feedback received was to add seats at the smoking areas.

Dr Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC, said: "I can understand that the smokers say that they have a right to smoke, but I can also understand that the non-smokers say that they have the right not to inhale the second-hand smoke.

“So I would think that by setting up these designated smoking points, we will be able to address the needs of both groups of residents, and we hope that this will be a win-win solution." 

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