Govt to ban displays of tobacco at point of sale

The Health Ministry plans to impose a point-of-sale, or POS, display ban on tobacco by the end of next year.

This will be carried out through an amendment to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim says the ban is in response to feedback from a public consultation exercise in June last year. 

"Besides obesity, tobacco use among Singaporeans remains an ongoing concern. When combined with other tobacco control efforts, the ban will protect youths from tobacco marketing."

Associate Professor Faishal says tobacco retailers, especially smaller ones, have expressed reservations about adapting their current displays to comply with the ban. 

He says the Health Ministry will work with them to address their concerns.