Fines for Cigarette Boxes Without Mandatory Health Warning Labels in Singapore – Know the Law

In order to pass down messages to smokers that smoking is bad for health, the Singapore government passed down a new law on tobacco sales in July 2004. All cigarette package needs to have health warning labels as shown above (One of the example) if to be Since July 2004, Singapore has implemented a new policy on cigarettes sales.
Photo Source: The Noisy American

FINE: S$ 500

Implementation of this labels also stopped cheaper cigarettes smuggled from neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, but it did not last long as imitation versions came soon after. Just recently, the Malaysia government has also declared that cigarette package need to have health warning labels as well.

Background of Health Warnings Policy

Singapore started the implementation of the health warnings on cigarette boxes since July 2004. The warnings are required to cover 50% of the front and 50% of the back of all packages. In 2003, a set of six warnings were rotated on cigarette packages and in 2006, a new set of 6 warnings were put in place. A third set of picture warnings for smoke tobacco products have been proposed, and are expected on packs in 2013.


1. Tobacco Labeling Resource Centre, Singapore. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

This article was updated on 28 February 2016.

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