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Display of tobacco products to be banned in Singapore from 2017

Staff writer |
Retailers will not be allowed to display tobacco products in their shops from 2017, announced Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH).

MOH said the ministry will move to ban stores from displaying tobacco products after amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act are confirmed in Parliament.

To give retailers time to effect the changes and smoothen the transition process, there will be a 12 months' grace period after the legislation has been amended to comply with the regulations, which means the ban will take effect in 2017, said MOH in a statement.

Tobacco point of sale display (POSD) ban has been discussed in a few sessions since 2013. The authorities recognized that some adjustments have to be made to retailers' operational environment when the POSD ban takes effect, and have taken into account some of the retailers' feedback.

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