Progress in Tobacco Control in Singapore: Lessons and Challenges in the Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Gianna Gayle Herrera Amul and
Tikki (Pangestu) Pang
Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 2018, vol. 5, issue 1, 102-121
Singapore has implemented tobacco control policies since the 1970s, more than three decades before it became party to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Controlâ€”the first evidenceâ€ based global health treaty in 2005. The country's stringent policies have resulted in a 13 per cent adult smoking prevalence rate, one of the lowest in the world. This article reviews how a mix of demandâ€ and supplyâ€ reduction measures with extensive regulation and stringent enforcement has contributed to Singapore's reputation as the â€˜most hostile environmentâ€™ for tobacco companies. Its tobacco control policies can offer lessons for more effective tobacco control among its neighbouring countries.
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