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Singapore Will Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco to 21

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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.

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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.

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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