Progress in Tobacco Control in Singapore: Lessons and Challenges in the Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 102-121

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

20 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2018

See all articles by Gayle Amul

Gayle Amul

University of Geneva; Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Tikki Pangestu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 23, 2018

Abstract

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 Control — the first evidence-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 demand- and supply-reduction measures with extensive regulation and stringent enforcement has contributed to Singapore's reputation as the ‘most hostile environment’ for tobacco companies. Its tobacco control policies can offer lessons for more effective tobacco control among its neighbouring countries.

Keywords: Singapore, tobacco control, public health, smoking, policy

Suggested Citation

Amul, Gianna Gayle and Pangestu, Tikki, Progress in Tobacco Control in Singapore: Lessons and Challenges in the Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (January 23, 2018). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 102-121, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3131410

Gianna Gayle Amul (Contact Author)

University of Geneva ( email )

102 Bd Carl-Vogt
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

ASOG – Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1108
Philippines

Tikki Pangestu

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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