Banning of Electronic Smoking Devices (E-Cigarette) in Singapore

An overview of e-cigarette designs
There are a great variety of electronic smoking devices in the market.  The Online Citizen

The electronic smoking devices, also known as e-cigarette has started a new trend among teenagers in Singapore, gaining it’s popularity of its ease to access and without the need to undergo checks for legal age requirements.

Illustration on how an e-cigarette works.
Illustration on how an e-cigarette works.  E-cigs For Beginners

These e-cigarettes or vaporisers an e-liquids can be purchased from online marketplace like Carousell, Gumtree and Qoo10, as well as social media like Instagram and Singapore-based online forums.

On Carousell, there are as much as 30 such posts selling e-liquids under vague search terms like”juice”. E-liquid refills are sold for about $13 Singapore dollars for a 10ml bottle and $25 Singapore dollars for a 30ml bottle. It comes with different flavours such as bandung, root beer float and caramel macchiato which maybe laced with nicotine.

Related: Fines For Selling Cigarettes To Youth Under 18 Years Old

E-cigarette Banned in Singapore

Singapore government has banned the use or importation of these electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes. While according to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), there were more than 15,000 cases involving people bringing vaporisers into Singapore illegally between 2012 and September 2015. In the same period, 39 peddlers were caught for selling vaporisers in Singapore.HSA said the vaporisers were found in parcels, most purchased online and on people caught hand carrying into Singapore.

Related: Fines For Cigarettes Box Without Health Warning Labels

What is the Fines / Penalties ?

The Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act in Singapore prohibits the importation, distribution, sale or offer for sales of any item designed to resemble a tobacco product, including vaporisers. Thus, buying these vaporisers or e-cigarettes from overseas websites or hand carrying in hand luggage is also considered as importing.

Offenders may be fined up to S$5,000 for the first offence and up to S$10,000 for subsequent offences.

Vaporisers May Cause Health Hazards

Though the invention of the vaporisers were to aid smokers from getting a puff out of a cigarette, but there are concerns raised on the reliability and usability of these electronic devices.

Dr Wong Seng Weng, medical director of The Cancer Centre, said these e-cigarettes users are exposed to nicotine, which is addictive, as well as heated and aerosolised propylene glycol and glycerol, which may turn into carcinogens. Carcinogen is a substance that has cancer-causing agents and toxicants, in same cases, as much as those in conventional cigarettes.

In addition, there are also cases that e-cigarette explodes and caused bodily injury to the users. You may want to check out the man in Kentucky, US that suffered second-degree burns after his faulty e-cigarette set his trousers on fire.

After all, there are still no in-depth studies that e-cigarette could be as smoking-cessation aids and the industry safety standards for manufacturing such devices are not being laid out and widely accepted by countries.

Quitting Smoking Once and For All ?

If you are looking at some help for quit smoking, you may join the iQuit Club in Singapore.


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Driving Car In Singapore Without Valid Road Tax And Insurance

Above is a sample letter from LTA for the renewal of the road tax. It comes with an detachable paper disc which has to be displayed on the vehicle after tax is paid. 

In Singapore, all the cars has to be registered before it can be used on the road. Prior to that, it is mandatory that you have to purchase insurance cover and road tax before going on the road. The road tax is payable to the Land Transport Authority in either a bi-annual or annual basis and each different car categories are being charged in different tax amount .

If you did not to renew the road tax after it expires, it becomes an offence for keeping or using an unlicensed vehicle. Any person who uses or keeps an unlicensed vehicle is liable to a fine of up to $2,000 upon conviction in court. If you are late for renewal after valid date, late renewal fee(s) will be imposed on top of the fine. In normal cases, the letter itself will state the fine amount based on the duration lapsed from the date of expiry.

Meanwhile, having just the road tax does not really qualify a vehicle to travel on the road. It is noted to be a serious offence to use the vehicle without a valid road tax and the penalty is a fine up to $1,000 or to imprisonment of up to 3 months or both. In addition, a mandatory disqualification from holding a driving licence for at least 12 months, upon conviction in court.

Where Can You Renew Your Vehicle Licence ?

Fortunately in Singapore, the LTA has provided multiple source of channels for you to renew your vehicle licence with ease. Most of the payment modes has been printed on the back page of the letter that has been sent to you, but I will list them out in case someone is looking for the links.

  1. Internet via Onemotoring – The payment is through using Internet Banking to deduct the fees from your account via eNets Debit). Possible banks are Citibank, DBS, POSB, OCBC, OCBC Plus!, Standard Chartered and UOB. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.
  2. AXS Station – These stations are scatter all around Singapore and can be easily in petrol kiosk and shopping centres. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.(Note that AXS e-Station is not possible)
  3. iNETS Kiosk – These kiosk are also scattered around in Singapore. I tried looking for the locations in NETS website, but it is not being published. AXS Stations are much easier to locate. Service available daily from 6am to midnight.
  4. Authorised Road Tax Collection Centres – There are over dozens of these collection centres also scattered in different parts of Singapore. Click here to see the updated list of authorised collection centres and their operating hours.
  5. Payment by Cheque – If you are making payment over Singapore Post’s counters, the cheque has to be made payable to “Singapore Post Limited”. If you are making payment over authorised road tax collection centres, the cheque has to be made payable to “LTA”. Two items to note – cheque should be crossed “A/C Payee only” and no post-dated cheque.
  6. GIRO – GIRO is an automated services for deducting of money from your account should a payment or bill has to be paid. You can obtain an application form from here and send it to “VRL Service Operations Division, Land Transport Authority, 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701”. A letter will be sent to you about four weeks later whether the GIRO application is successful or rejected and they will also advise the next step as well.

Man Fined $19,800 And Corrective Work Order For High-rise Littering

A 38 year-old man was fined on 22nd Jan 2015 for repeatedly flicking cigarettes butts out of his flats. He was fined $600 per charge for 33 charges and sentenced to five hours of Corrective Work Order (CWO) for one charge. This was the highest fine meted out for high-rise littering to date.

He was caught after National Environment Agency (NEA) deployed a surveillance camera in between November 2014 and March 2014, which captured images of him throwing cigarette butts out of his windows 34 times. The NEA has received five complaints earlier on about high-rise littering at Block 224C Compassvale Walk over a period of 12 months beginning in June 2013 which though town councils and grassroots organisation serving the area reach out to residents to educate them but the problem persisted.

NEA Deployed Cameras To Curb High-rise Littering Acts

In 2014, NEA deployed cameras at close to 600 such locations and took 206 enforcement actions including fines and CWOs against offenders caught on action.

Heavier Penalties For Offenders (Revised in 2014)

Environmental Public Health Act amended the law in 2014, doubling the maximum penalty for littering-related offences to S$2,000 for first time offenders. Fines were also increase to $4,000 for second time offenders and S$10,000 for third and subsequent convictions.

Those who encounter high-rise littering problems can call the NEA’s 24 hours hotline at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255-632)

Source from Today Online.

Chewing Gum Banned in Singapore (Since 1992)

One of the popular questions among tourist to Singapore, “No chewing gum in Singapore ?” It might not be surprising to Singapore as the banned has been implemented more than two decades back.

What could have prompt the government to take such extreme measures ? That was because of the increasing inconsiderate people eating chewing gum, spitting and sticking them almost everywhere. It has been such a big hassle to clean up chewing gums stain left on the streets floors, public transport seats and other areas. Cleaning costs for clearing the chewing gums are getting enormous and Singapore, trying to portray itself as a clean and green country, banned chewing gum which came into effect in 1992.

Related: Fines In Singapore For Spitting In Public

The law prohibits the personal use of chewing gum and also any kinds of way to bring the gum into Singapore. However, the government loosen the ban in 2004, where chewing gum of therapeutic value was allowed in Singapore under United-States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Related: Corrective Work Order And Fines For Littering In Public

If it was the public issues that are causing the ban in Singapore, how about non-stick chewing gum ? In an article which I saw last year, Revolymer has developed the world’s 1st non-stick chewing gum and would that helps to lift the ban in Singapore which was been effected for more than 2 decades from now ?

Under the law, no gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.

Woman Fined $12,000 For Failing To Pay Fares To 10 Taxi Drivers

Ms. Liu Meiqi, 33, was fined a total of $12,000 or five days’ jail on each charge after admitting to 10 counts of failure to pay taxi fares between 5th October 2014 and 8th March last year. The fares ranged from $6 to $35, amounted to a mere $133. The cases happened on eight incidents with Comfort and two other on CityCab.

How She Avoid Payment

She had used her Maybank credit card to pay for the cab fare but the transactions were not successful. Subsequently, she would say that she does not have any cash and will transfer the cab fares via bank transfer to the taxi drivers. She provided her identity card and mobile phone number to the taxi drivers which she would either not answer the calls or says she was busy or switch off her mobile phone when contacted for the requested of delayed payment.

She had a similar conviction in 2014 when she was fined a total of $2,400 for failing to pay four taxi drivers.

She could have been fined up to $2,000 per charge.

Singapore Raise Penalty to 10 Year Imprisonment for Money Laundering

During one of my previous posts on being money mule to carry out money laundering activities, the Singapore’s Government has once again came with amendments in the law to increase punishment for those involved in money laundering. Some changes are also been made to quicken the process to determine the offence committed by individual(s) as well.

As an effort to break down syndicates and individuals on transnational money laundering activities, Singapore’s Parliament has passed down amendment to the law on 7th July 2014, allowing the Government to deal more quickly with criminal operations and deprive offenders of their illicit gains.

One of the changes will be to the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act which maximum penalty for money laundering has been increased to 10 years imprisonment from the previous 7 years and reducing the threshold by a third for cross-border cash reporting.

In addition, amendments were also made that enforcement agencies could accept evidence, such as court judgement and statements by experts even if offences escalated from a foreign country. The amendments will smoothen the process of investigation and prosecute foreign predicate offences.

Precious Stones and Metal Dealers Sector Added to the Act

Another changes to the Act is inclusion of precious stones and metal dealers, such that dealers are required to verify a customer’s identity and file a report with Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office for cash sales exceeding S$ 20,000. Transaction records shall be kept for five years from the date of filing.

Furthermore, the dual criminality requirement for foreign tax evasion offences will also be removed, as long as the offence is criminalised in the foreign jurisdiction and is committed “wilfully” with the intent to evade tax.

Property and Jewellery Susceptible to Money Laundering Activities.

Few Members of Parliament (MPs) has rose their support for the amendments and raised that there was also a need to monitor non-finance sector such as high-end property and jewellery markets, which are just as susceptible to money laundering activities. It is also questionable out how virtual currency, such as bitcoin could be monitored as well.

Amidst of all these changes, the MPs are also concerned about the monetary and administrative costs of compliance.

Source: Maximum jail term for money laundering raised to 10 years. Today Online, 8th July 2014.

LTA to Implement a Tiered Fines Regime for Repeat Illegal Parking Offenders

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced higher fines for repeat offenders for illegal parking. Starting from 1st Jan 2015, a new tiered fines regime, such that motorists who receive second Notice of Traffic Offence (NTO) within 12 months will need to pay a higher tier of fines.

A motorist caught parking a light vehicle along unbroken double yellow lines will be fined S$110, instead of S$70 if it is the second NTO he has been issued within 12 months.

The number  of demerit points, which are meted out for more serious illegal parking offences, will remain unchanged. NTOs issues prior to 1st Jan 2015 will not be taken into consideration when applying the tiered fines regime.

This is the first adjustment to illegal parking in twenty years. LTA commented that about half of all illegal parking traffic notices issued between 2011 and 2014 were committed by repeat offenders and the latest revision is to reduce the number of repeat offenders and hence decrease in the numbers of illegal parking offences.

Example of New Tiered System Implementation.

Addition of Second Tier Fines Amount for Illegal Parking Offences.

In addition, LTA has planned to install CCTV surveillance cameras at 40 more locations to deter illegal parking. It had installed CCTV cameras at 30 locations earlier this year which has “resulted in significantly smoother traffic.”

As mentioned by Dr Chin Kian Keong, LTA’s Group Director for Transportation and Road Operations, that after the new implementation of CCTV cameras, there were signs of improved traffic conditions in stretches of roads that used to suffer from obstruction caused by indiscriminately parked vehicles, such as Beach Road, Bishan Road and Pasir Panjang Road.

New Locations For CCTV Cameras in 2015.

Source: LTA raises fines for illegal parking. Channel News Asia, 22 Dec 2014.

Fine for Public Nudity in Singapore ? Oww, No Nude Beaches Here…

Looking out for a nice beach in Singapore for a nude sun tan ? You might want to re-consider your option.Under Singapore’s Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, one maybe be charged guilty of public nudity and face up to three months in jail, and a fine up to $2,000.

One of the recent case was one couple has allegedly stripped naked and had sex in a Jacuzzi at Resorts World Sentosa’s Beach Villas. Although the Jacuzzi was meant only for the couple’s villa, it sat within a larger pool being enjoyed by other guests which some among them was just children. The couple may be also charge for committing an obscene act in public as well.

Source: Couple cause stir in Resorts World Sentosa Jacuzzi, Straits Times, 13 Dec 2014.

Singapore Implements New Regulations for Bus Touting

Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be kicking off the new regulations on Jan 1, 2015 to punish those private bus drivers caught touting their transport services. If convicted under the Road Traffic Rules, errant drivers can be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to three months in jail.

LTA mentioned that holders of the Bus Driver’s Vocational Licence (BDVL) will be informed in writing of the new regulations and penalty framework. BDVL is a mandatory license for those who drive either private hires buses, excursion buses and school buses.

What Is Bus Touting ?

Bus touting refers to a kind of illegal bus operation which involves bus drivers (or their operator) attracting potential passengers by illegal means – for instance, calling out people to take on their bus while traveling along the route.

Public can call 1800-CALL LTA (1800-2255 582) or give feedback to LTA at if they notice any bus touting activities.

Source: Private bus drivers to face fines, jail for touting their services. The Straits Time, 15 Dec 2014.

Corrective Work Order and Fines for Littering in Public in Singapore

Singapore has a very good reputation as a clean and green city and this cannot be achieve without strict enforcement on littering. While getting a fine is just part of the penalty, the government have passed down laws to tackle these litterbugs by hurting their pride as well. By just casual throwing rubbish onto the ground in the public, not only you could be fined $300 as a first time offender, you may also face a court hearing which earn you a “chance” for public cleaning. That is the Corrective Work Order.

Related: Chewing Gums Banned In Singapore

What is Corrective Work Order (CWO) Scheme ?

Corrective Work Order was first introduced in November 1992 to reform litterbugs. This act was considered as a form of counseling, reflecting to them the hardship cleaners faced while cleaning up the public places. Litterbugs would be required to accomphlish a certain amount of service hours picking up rubbish in public places. To make things worse, offenders are required to wear a bright orange jersey, identifying themselves as the litterbugs while cleaning up the areas. This bring shame to them and hopes that they would not repeat their acts again.

Harsher Penalties For Litterbugs

To tackle litterbugs rising in recent years, the Environmental Public Health Act has been amended to discourage those that behave irresponsibly. The courtroom fines for littering offenders was doubled since April 2014 to $2,000 for first offence, $4,,000 for second offence and $10,000 for third and subsequent offences.

    Updated on 23 September 2014