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FAQ: Singapore extends smoking ban to public parks and beaches from July - what you need to know

FAQ: Singapore extends smoking ban to public parks and beaches from July - what you need to know

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: NParks)

SINGAPORE: Smoking will no longer be allowed at all public parks, some water sites and 10 recreational beaches from Friday (Jul 1), with enforcement starting in October to give smokers time to adjust to the new rules.

The smoking ban was first announced in March, as part of Singapore’s efforts to clamp down on smoking and tackle second-hand tobacco smoke.

Here’s what you need to know about the new rules:

Q: Where will smoking be banned?  

Three types of premises will be covered - public parks and gardens, Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) sites, as well as 10 recreational beaches.

There are more than 100 sites under these categories, joining a list of more than 49,000 places where smoking has been banned. These include entertainment outlets, shopping malls, bus stops and common areas in residential buildings.

Smoking is already banned in some green spaces such as neighbourhood parks in private and public housing estates, reservoirs and nature reserves.

New places where smoking will be prohibited

PUBLIC PARKS AND GARDENS

  • Admiralty Park
  • Aida Park
  • Aljunied Park
  • Almond Crescent Playground
  • Aroozoo Park
  • Arthur Park
  • Bangsawan Park
  • Banyan Villas Playground
  • Bedok Reservoir Park
  • Bedok Ria Crescent Playground
  • Bedok Terrace Playground
  • Begonia Rd Playground
  • Beng Wan Road Playground
  • Binchang Rise Playground
  • Bougainvillea Park
  • Bristol Interim Garden
  • Brooks Park
  • Bukit Batok Nature Park
  • Bukit Batok Town Park
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  • Bunga Rampai Park
  • Burgundy Crescent Playground
  • Butterfly Ave Playground
  • Cactus Road Playground
  • Cambridge Park
  • Carlisle Interim Garden
  • Carmichael Road Playground
  • Carpmael Park
  • Cashew Crescent Fitness Corner
  • Cashew Link Playground
  • Cashew Road Interim Park
  • Cashew Road Playground
  • Central Catchment Nature Reserve (including Lower Peirce Reservoir Park, Upper Peirce Reservoir Park, Upper Seletar Fishing Ground and Upper Seletar Reservoir Park)
  • Ceylon Road Interim Park
  • Changi Heights Playground
  • Chartwell Drive Park
  • Chempaka Ave Playground
  • Cheng Soon Garden Playground
  • Chestnut Close Playground
  • Chestnut Drive Playground
  • Chestnut Nature Park
  • Chiltern Drive Park
  • Chu Yen Playground
  • Chuan Green Playground
  • Chuan Walk Playground
  • Chwee Chian Playground
  • Clementi Crescent Playground
  • Clover Crescent Playground
  • Clover Way Playground
  • Colchester Grove Interim Open Space
  • Colchester Grove Open Space
  • Coronation Park
  • Countryside Playground
  • Dairy Farm Nature Park
  • Dedap Place Playground
  • Dew Garden
  • Dhoby Ghaut Green
  • Duchess Park
  • East Coast Terrace Park
  • Eastwood Park Playground
  • Elias Terrace Playground
  • Elite Terrace Park
  • Ellington Square Playground
  • Eng Kong Garden Playground
  • Eng Kong Place Fitness Corner
  • Faber Height Open Space
  • Faber Hills Playground
  • Florissa Park Playground
  • Fudu Walk Playground
  • Fulton Ave Playground
  • Fuyong Interim Park
  • Garden View Playground
  • Gelenggang Park
  • Gentle Drive Playground
  • Golden Rise Playground
  • Goldhill Avenue Playground
  • Goodlink Park Playground
  • Greenfield Drive Playground
  • Greenleaf View Playground
  • Greenridge Crescent Playground
  • Greenwood Crescent Playground
  • Green Lane Park
  • Grove Lane Playground
  • Guillemard Road Open Space
  • Haig Walk (Geylang Rd - Dunman Rd)
  • Haig Walk Extension
  • Harvey Crescent Playground
  • Haus Park
  • Hazel Park Open Space
  • Henry Park
  • Highgate Walk Playground
  • Hillview Crescent Playground
  • Hindhede Nature Park
  • Holland Green Playground
  • Holland Grove View Fitness Corner
  • Holland Grove View Playground
  • Hooper Road Playground
  • Hoover Park (Lor Pisang Hijau Playground)
  • HortPark
  • Hua Guan Cres Playground
  • Interim Park At Jalan Terang Bulan
  • Interim Park At Lengkong Enam
  • Island Gdns Walk Playground
  • Istana Park
  • Jalan Angin Laut Playground
  • Jalan Awang Interim Park
  • Jalan Buloh Perindu Playground
  • Jalan Chempaka Kuning Playground
  • Jalan Daud Interim Park
  • Jalan Daud Park
  • Jalan Dermawan Playground
  • Jalan Eunos Interim Park
  • Jalan Geneng Interim Park
  • Jalan Ishak Park
  • Jalan Ismail Park
  • Jalan Kayu Interim Park
  • Jalan Kayu Park
  • Jalan Kebaya Playground
  • Jalan Kelichap Playground
  • Jalan Limau Kasturi Openspace
  • Jalan Limau Kasturi Playground
  • Jalan Limau Manis Playground
  • Jalan Mas Kuning Playground
  • Jalan Mas Puteh Playground
  • Jalan Naung Playground
  • Jalan Pari Burong Playground
  • Jalan Pari Dedap Playground
  • Jalan Pelatok Open Space
  • Jalan Pelatok Playground
  • Jalan Pintau Playground
  • Jalan Rasok Park
  • Jalan Remaja Park
  • Jalan Riang Park
  • Jalan Selaseh Playground
  • Jalan Senang Playground
  • Jalan Tekukor Playground
  • Jalan Yasin Interim Park
  • Jambol Place Park
  • Janggus Garden
  • Joo Chiat Terrace Park
  • Jupiter Playground
  • Jurong Lake Gardens (Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden)
  • Kampong Java Park
  • Kandis Garden
  • Katong Park
  • Kemuning Park
  • Kew Avenue Playground
  • Kew Crescent Playground
  • Kew Drive Playground
  • Kheam Hock Park
  • Kim Pong Park
  • King's Drive Playground
  • Koon Seng Park
  • Kranji Marshes
  • Labrador Nature Reserve (including Labrador Nature Park, Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin Boardwalk)
  • Lakeside Grove Fitness Corner
  • Lakeside Grove Playground
  • Leban Park 
  • Legundi Park
  • Lentor Green Playground
  • Lentor Grove Playground
  • Lentor Road Playground
  • Lentor Street Playground
  • Lentor Vale Playground
  • Lentor Walk Playground
  • Lilac Drive Playground
  • Limau Garden Playground
  • Limau Villas Playground
  • Lorong 40 Geylang Playground
  • Lorong Kemunchup Park
  • Lorong Marican Park
  • Lorong Marzuki Park
  • Lorong Melayu Park
  • Lorong N Telok Kurau Park
  • Lorong Ong Lye Park
  • Lorong Sarina Interim Park
  • Lorong Tanggam Park
  • Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
  • Loyang View Playground
  • Lucky Gardens Playground
  • Luxus Hills Park
  • Macpherson Linear Park
  • Malcolm Park
  • Mariam Walk Playground
  • Mariam Way Playground
  • Marine Parade Road Park
  • Marymount Terrace Playground
  • Mar Thoma Road Park
  • Mayfair Park
  • Mayflower Crescent Playground
  • Mei Hwan Drive Playground
  • Mei Hwan Crescent Playground
  • Mera Terrace Playground
  • Meragi Road Playground
  • Meyer Road Playground
  • Mimosa Rd Playground
  • Mimosa Terrace Playground
  • Mimosa Walk Playground
  • Mount Sinai Plain Playground
  • Mt Emily Park
  • Mugliston Park Playground
  • Namly Park
  • Neram Cres Playground
  • Nim Cresent Open Space
  • Novena Park
  • Novena Rise Park
  • Oasis@Mulberry Park
  • Onan Road Green Space
  • Opera Open Field
  • Orchard Fountain Corner
  • Orchid Village Playground
  • Pandan Reservoir Fitness Corner
  • Park Villas Terrace Playground
  • Parry Ave Interim Park
  • Parry Road Playground
  • Pasir Panjang Park
  • Pavilion Playground
  • Pavilion Playground II
  • Paya Lebar Crescent Open Space
  • Pebble Garden
  • Pemimpin Place Playground
  • Penang Road Open Space
  • Pesari Walk Playground
  • Phoenix Park
  • Platina Road Playground
  • Poh Huat Road Playground
  • Realty Park
  • Richards Ave Park
  • Saint Michael's Fitness Corner
  • Saint Michael's Playground
  • Saraca Rd Playground
  • Savoy Park Playground
  • Seletar Terrace Playground
  • Sennett Ave Linear Park
  • Sennett Ave Linear Park 2
  • Sennett Avenue Openspace
  • Sennett Avenue Playground
  • Serenade Walk Playground
  • Shangri-La Playground
  • Shelford Road Playground
  • Siang Kuang Ave Interim Park
  • Siglap Linear Park (Jalan Bangsawan-Upper East Coast Road)
  • Siglap Linear Park (Upper East Coast Road-Marine Parade Road)
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Sixth Ave Playground
  • Soo Chow Walk Playground
  • Springleaf Garden Playground
  • Springleaf Nature Park
  • Springleaf Park Connector
  • Springleaf Ave Playground
  • Springside Park
  • St Nicholas View Playground
  • St. Anne's Wood Playground
  • Stratton Walk Playground
  • Sunbird Circle Playground
  • Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve
  • Sunrise Close Playground
  • Sunrise Drive Playground I
  • Sunrise Drive Playground II
  • Sunrise Place Playground
  • Sunrise Terrace Open Space
  • Sunrise Way Playground
  • Sunset Heights Open Space
  • Sunset Way Park
  • Sunset Way Playground
  • Surin Park
  • Tai Hwan Terrace Playground
  • Tai Keng Gardens Playground
  • Tai Keng Place Playground
  • Taman Kembangan Playground
  • Taman Mas Merah Playground
  • Taman Permata Park
  • Tamarind Rd Playground
  • Tampines Eco Green
  • Tanah Merah Playground
  • Tanah Puteh Playground
  • Tanjong Katong Road South Park
  • Tavistock Ave Playground
  • Teacher's Estate Playground
  • Telok Kurau Park
  • The Inglewood Playground
  • Thomson Green Playground
  • Thomson Park (Jln Keli)
  • Thomson Park Estate Interim Park
  • Thomson Road Playground
  • Thomson Walk Playground
  • Thong Soon Green Playground
  • Thrift Drive Open Space
  • Turnhouse Park
  • University Road Park
  • Venus Green
  • Villa Verde Park
  • Waringin Park Playground
  • Watten Heights Playground
  • West Coast Green Playground
  • West Coast Place Playground
  • Westville Playground
  • Westwood Park Playground
  • Wilkinson Interim Park
  • Windsor Nature Park
  • Yio Chu Kang Gardens Playground
  • Yishun Neighbourhood Park
  • Yishun Pond Park
  • Yunnan Park
  • Zhenghua Nature Park

ABC WATERS SITES, RESERVOIR PARKS

  • ABC Waters @ Lorong 8 Toa Payoh (between Lorong 6 Toa Payoh and Lorong 8 Toa Payoh)
  • ABC Waters @ Serangoon Reservoir (outside Hougang Capeview)
  • Alexandra Canal (between Tanglin Road to Delta Road and Zion Road to Kim Seng Road)
  • Alexandra Canal Subsidiary Drain “F” (between Boon Tiong Road and Zion Road)
  • Bedok Reservoir
  • Bukit Batok Canal (between Bukit Batok West Avenue 2 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 4)
  • Bukit Batok West Outlet Drain (between Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 and Pan-Island Expressway)
  • Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal (between Bukit Timah Road and Holland Green)
  • Chestnut Drive Outlet Drain (between Petir Road and Dairy Farm Crescent)
  • Communal node at Dawson Road (near Block 92, SkyTerrace @ Dawson)
  • Communal nodes at Windsor Park Estate
  • Geylang River (between Dunman Road and Guillemard Road)
  • Hougang Avenue 10 Outlet Drain (between Hougang Avenue 4 and Buangkok Drive)
  • Jurong Lake
  • Kallang River (between Upper Boon Keng Road and Sims Avenue)
  • Kallang River @ Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park (between Upper Thomson Road and Bishan Road)
  • Kallang River @ Bishan – Braddell (between Bishan Road and Braddell Road)
  • Kallang River @ Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront (between Bendemeer Road and Kallang Bahru Ville Block 63)
  • Kallang River @ Potong Pasir (between Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and St Andrew’s Junior School)
  • Kallang River @ River Vista (between Bendemeer Road and River Vista Block 38A)
  • Lorong Halus Wetland (including Serangoon Bridge, also known as Lorong Halus Bridge)
  • Lower Seletar Family Bay (including the fishing deck)
  • Pandan Reservoir (including the dyke)
  • Rochor Canal (between Jalan Besar and Crawford Street)
  • Sengkang Floating Wetland
  • Sungei Api Api (between Tampines Expressway and Pasir Ris Drive 3)
  • Sungei Pandan (near Sheng Hong Temple)
  • Sungei Pandan Kechil (between Ayer Rajah Expressway and West Coast Highway)
  • Pang Sua Pond
  • Sungei Pinang (between Hougang Avenue 10 and Upper Serangoon Road)
  • Sungei Simpang Kanan (between Canberra Link and Simpang Kiri Park Connector (PCN))
  • Sungei Tampines (between Tampines Expressway and Pasir Ris Drive 3)
  • Sungei Ulu Pandan (between Clementi Road and Clementi Avenue 4)
  • Sungei Whampoa (between Kim Keat Road and Serangoon Road)
  • Lookout Deck at Punggol Reservoir (outside of H2O Residences)
  • Pang Sua Canal Fishing Deck
  • MacRitchie Reservoir Park

RESERVOIRS

  • Pandan Reservoir
  • Kranji Reservoir
  • Jurong Lake
  • MacRitchie Reservoir
  • Upper Peirce Reservoir
  • Lower Peirce Reservoir
  • Bedok Reservoir
  • Upper Seletar Reservoir
  • Lower Seletar Reservoir
  • Marina Reservoir
  • Serangoon Reservoir
  • Punggol Reservoir

PARKS UNDER JURONG TOWN CORPORATION, TOWN COUNCILS

  • The public green at International Business Park (under the JTC)
  • The public green at Changi Business Park (under the JTC )
  • Sakra Park @ Jurong Island (under the JTC)
  • Jurong Hill Garden of Fame (under the JTC)
  • Jurong Eco Garden @ CleanTech Park (under the JTC)
  • Neighbourhood parks in Ang Mo Kio
  • Neighbourhood parks in Bedok
  • Neighbourhood parks in Bishan
  • Neighbourhood parks in Bukit Batok
  • Neighbourhood parks in Bukit Merah
  • Neighbourhood parks in Bukit Panjang
  • Neighbourhood parks in Choa Chu Kang
  • Neighbourhood parks in Clementi
  • Neighbourhood parks in Joo Seng
  • Neighbourhood parks in Hougang
  • Neighbourhood parks in Jurong East
  • Neighbourhood parks in Jurong West
  • Neighbourhood parks in Pasir Ris
  • Neighbourhood parks in Punggol
  • Neighbourhood parks in Queenstown
  • Neighbourhood parks in Sembawang
  • Neighbourhood parks in Sengkang
  • Neighbourhood parks in Serangoon
  • Neighbourhood parks in Tampines
  • Neighbourhood parks in Toa Payoh
  • Neighbourhood parks in Woodlands
  • Neighbourhood parks in Yishun

RECREATIONAL BEACHES

  • Changi Beach
  • East Coast Beach
  • West Coast Beach
  • Sembawang Beach
  • Pasir Ris Beach
  • Coney Island Beach
  • Punggol Beach
  • Siloso Beach
  • Palawan Beach
  • Tanjong Beach
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Q: Why has the smoking ban been extended to more places?  

This round of implementation targets places that are frequented by the public for recreational activities, said the National Environment Agency, NParks, PUB and Sentosa in a joint media release on Wednesday (Jun 29).

The authorities previously said the extension is part of Singapore’s efforts to clamp down on smoking and tackle second-hand tobacco smoke.

The issue of second-hand smoke was brought up during the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment's (MSE) committee of supply debate in March when several Members of Parliament asked if legislation could be introduced to tackle the problem.

Last year, more than 13,000 tickets were issued for smoking in prohibited areas. Close to 40 per cent were caught smoking in common areas in Housing Board estates such as lift lobbies and staircases, as more people worked from home.

Q: What enforcement action will be taken on those who smoke at the new sites?  

To give people enough time to adjust to the rules, those caught smoking at the new sites in the first three months of the smoking ban will receive verbal advisories.

Enforcement will take effect from Oct 1, with offenders facing a fine of S$200 or up to S$1,000 if convicted in court.

Signs, posters and banners that state “No smoking by law” have been put up at the new smoke-free locations to remind the public not to smoke in the area.

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: NParks)

Q: Are there still areas for smokers at these places?

To help smokers adjust to the newly prohibited areas, designated smoking areas are provided in some larger regional parks as well as near the three beaches in Sentosa – Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Pagar Beach.

Parks and Beaches with Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) 

Place Number of DSAs
Palawan Beach 3
Siloso Beach 5
Tanjong Beach 2
East Coast Park 10
Changi Beach Park 3
Pasir Ris Park 3
West Coast Park 3
Sembawang Park 1
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park 2
Jurong Central Park 1
Marsiling Park 1
Mount Faber Park 1
Woodlands Waterfront Park 1
Tanjong Pagar Park (existing) 1
Raffles Place Park (existing) 1

 

Q: Where else has smoking been prohibited?

Several places in Singapore have already banned smoking, starting as early as October 1970 when smoking was prohibited on omnibuses as well as cinemas and theatres.

Most recently, the Orchard Road precinct was designated a No Smoking Zone in January 2019, except for about 50 designated smoking areas - marked out by yellow boxes - where people can light up.

The Seletar Airport as well as some water bodies of scheduled reservoirs under the Public Utilities Act also banned smoking in 2019.

Source: CNA/ng(gs)

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