The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has proposed to rise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 in order to reduce the numbers of smokers in the country, even though the current percentage of smokers here is only 14.3 percent which is already one of the lowest in the world.
The organisation is also adopting various methods used from other countries such as the standardised packaging in Australia and rising up the legal smoking age in the New York City as a part of their study. Not only that, HPB have also implemented numerous approach such as the I Quit campaign and its’ helplines to aid smokers to stop. Moreover, one of their main reasons for such proposal is to deter young men from starting the bad habit during their National Service.
Instead of rising the smoking legal age to prevent one from lighting up, HPB should focus on educating the repercussion of smoking to tackle this problem. Although awareness was informed to many from a young age, these campaigns only lasted up to their secondary school level. Many would argue that the lessons learnt are sufficient to scare one from doing so.
However, these campaigns are not being enforced in the tertiary levels and during the National Service period. During these times, despite one would be mature to think, the higher amount of peer pressure combined with the decreasing awareness level would result many to start the custom.
Awareness and education should be implemented crucially during the post-secondary education and National Service period to constantly remind one of the side effects of smoking. By these, the main objective of the HPB would then be achieved.