Overview of tobacco control

Understand the regulations controlling tobacco products in Singapore.

Regulatory overview

Tobacco products in Singapore are controlled under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking.

Key tobacco control laws

Licence required for dealing with tobacco products

Licence required for dealing with tobacco products

A valid tobacco licence is required before you can import, wholesale, distribute or retail any tobacco product in Singapore. Refer to our guide on how you can apply for the following licences electronically:

Prohibition on the supply of tobacco to persons below the Minimum Legal Age (MLA)

Prohibition on the supply of tobacco to persons below the Minimum Legal Age (MLA)

Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, anyone caught selling tobacco products to persons below the MLA is liable, on conviction in Court, to a maximum fine of up to $5,000 for the first offence, and up to $10,000 for the second or subsequent offences.

In addition, the retail outlet's tobacco retail licence will be suspended for 6 months for the first offence, and revoked for the second offence. However, if any outlet is found selling tobacco products to minors in school uniform, or those below 12 years of age, the tobacco retail licence will be revoked, even at the first offence.

Buying or acquiring for, and giving or furnishing tobacco products to persons below the MLA, is also prohibited.

Display of warning notice

Display of warning notice

All licensed tobacco retailers must ensure that the permitted warning notice is prominently displayed in the retail outlet. The permitted notice states that the sale of any tobacco product to a person below the MLA is prohibited by law.

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You may contact Tobacco Regulation Branch to obtain a hard copy of the warning notice through our feedback portal, or call 6684 2031 or 6684 2032 during office hours (9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday).

Tobacco point-of-sale (POS) display ban

Tobacco point-of-sale (POS) display ban

All licensed tobacco retail outlets cannot display tobacco products. Retailers may refer to the ban on display of tobacco products regulations, or the POS display ban booklet4148 KB for compliance.

Advertisements and promotions

Advertisements and promotions

Any advertisements and promotions relating to tobacco products and imitation tobacco products are prohibited under the law. You cannot:

  • Publish any advertisements relating to tobacco products and imitation tobacco products.
  • Give away tobacco products as free gifts, free samples or prizes. You also cannot sell tobacco products with other products given as free gifts, or in conjunction with any other goods or services.
  • Conduct a shopper loyalty programme that involves tobacco products.

Health warnings and labelling

Health warnings and labelling

All tobacco products must carry the mandatory health warning labels. Tobacco importers, wholesalers and retailers may refer to the Labelling Regulations for compliance.

Only these six graphic health warning labels can be used:

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The import, distribution, sale and offer for sale of tobacco products with any false or misleading information on the tobacco packaging such as "light" or "mild" is also prohibited.

Prohibition of harmful and imitation tobacco products

Prohibition of harmful and imitation tobacco products

You cannot import, distribute, sell or offer for sale the tobacco products listed below. You also cannot purchase, use or have them in your possession:

  • Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes.
  • Cigarette or any tobacco products that contain nicotine and tar above the yield limit of 1.0mg and 10.0mg respectively.
  • Imitation tobacco products such as electronic vaporisers.
  • Loose leaf chewing tobacco.
  • Plug chewing tobacco.
  • Twist chewing tobacco.
  • Tobacco bits intended for chewing.
  • Shisha molasses/tobacco.
  • Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine.
  • Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant or injected into any parts of the body.
  • Any solution or substance, of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system or a vaporiser.
  • Nasal snuff.
  • Oral snuff, such as Gutkha, Khaini or Zarda etc.

Refer to Singapore's Ministry of Health website for more information on imitation tobacco products such as electronic vaporisers and heat-not-burn tobacco products.

Cigarette pack with less than 20 sticks

Cigarette pack with less than 20 sticks

You cannot import, distribute, sell or offer for sale cigarette packs that contain less than 20 sticks.

Prohibition on the use of tobacco by persons below the MLA

Prohibition on the use of tobacco by persons below the MLA

You cannot buy, use or have in your possession tobacco products if you are below the MLA.

Impact of tobacco on health

The negative effect of tobacco on our health has been well-documented. Tobacco use has been linked to diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.

  • Tobacco products comprise of more than just cigarettes. Read up on some real facts about tobacco that you should know.
  • Find out more about the the impact of tobacco on our health through educational materials and advisories at HPB Health Hub.

Report tobacco-related offences

Find out how to report tobacco related offences in Singapore.

How to report

You may report on any tobacco-related offences via one of the following methods:

  • Calling the Tobacco Regulation Branch at 6684 3036 or 6684 2037 during office hours (9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday).
  • Submitting your report through our online feedback form.
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