Nee Soon South launches first community-led smoke free zone

SINGAPORE - Nee Soon South constituency has taken the lead to introduce Singapore's first community-led smoke-free zone.

It is part of the broader initiative to denormalise tobacco use in the community.

With support from the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB), grassroots adviser Lee Bee Wah led some 200 residents and grassroots leaders in the launch yesterday.

The one-year initiative will cover the communal spaces in Nee Soon Zone South D, including the Yishun Stadium, Sports Hall and Recreation Centre, residential blocks 816 to 849 and areas like grass patches and basketball courts.

Smokers are encouraged to smoke only at the six Designated Smoking Points (DSPs) within the zone.

PUBLICITY MATERIALS

To create awareness for the project, publicity materials such as banners, posters and floor decals will be placed around Zone D.

These publicity materials will inform residents of the DSP locations and the extent of the community-initiated smoke-free zone.

Said Ms Lee: "Through educational outreach and social pressure, it is hoped that smokers will be convinced that they can play their part in protecting the health of their family and friends through the use of the DSPs."

The initiative comes on top of complying with the smoking prohibition law.

In January last year, the NEA extended the list of no-smoking places to include common areas of residential buildings, hospital outdoor compounds, and covered walkways and linkways, among others.

Smokers who flout the law may be fined up to $1,000.


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