Singapore will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
While the changes were announced today, the new law won’t take effect immediately. Formal legislation will be introduced within a year by the Ministry of Health.
Of note, the legal age to buy alcohol in Singapore is 18, something that is not scheduled to change. The reason for the increase from 18 to 21 is because a study revealed that many in Singapore develop cigarette habits between 18 to 20.
Singapore is not exactly the most cigar friendly of places. Cigar are taxed at $388 per kilogram, making it slightly higher than taxes in the U.K., though slightly less expensive than Australia.
Singapore will join Honduras, Kuwait and Sri Lanka as countries where you must be 21 to purchase tobacco.