Smoking doesn’t just harm your health, but your loved ones’ too. Over time, first-, second- and third-hand smoke have been associated with serious health problems in smokers and those around them. By going smoke-free, you are immediately improving the quality of life of your family, friends, co-workers, yours, and even your pet’s. To help you better understand the health effects of smoking and how you can take your first steps to quit, please explore the articles below.

Smoking and Health

Did you know? Smoking causes a lot more harm than just respiratory problems – every puff deteriorates the overall health of those exposed to it, while the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco make it one of the leading causes of death. Find out how you can quit smoking to protect your well-being and your loved ones’.

Don’t Let Your Vision Go Up in Smoke!

Smoking can lead to vision loss, and in many cases, they are irreversible.

COPD – A Risk for All Smokers

A respiratory disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, COPD can drastically deteriorate the function of a smoker’s lungs.

Questions on Smoking, Tobacco Use and Health

Learn more about the dangers of smoking through frequently asked questions.

Smoking Increases Your Risk of Diabetes

Find out why a smoker is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than a non-smoker.

Smoking and Diabetes

The sooner you quit smoking, the lesser the chances of developing diabetes. Find out how.

Smoking: The Puff to Diabetes

Smoking increases the chances of developing diabetes, which can also lead to many other diseases if you do not quit now.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Also known as second-hand smoke, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) can adversely affect the health of those exposed to it. ETS contains the same poisonous chemicals that smokers inhale into their bodies. Children, the elderly, and spouses suffer the most from the damaging effects of ETS.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Get the truth about the dangers of second-hand and third-hand smoke.

Third-hand Smoke

Residual gases and particles from cigarettes containing toxic chemicals, known as third-hand smoke, can cause more harm than you know.

Bring the Gift of Smoke-Free Living Home

Home should be a place where you and your loved ones can breathe easy.

Smoking and Parenting

Give your child a better start in life. Find out how you can quit smoking to protect your children’s health, as well as how to set a good example to prevent them from picking up the bad habit.

Pregnancy – Smoking & Pregnancy

Here’s what happens when pregnant women smoke.

Smoke-Free Environment for a Healthier Family

When you smoke in the environment of your loved ones, you’re putting them at risk, too.

Choose Your Loved Ones Over Smoking

Smoking when your family is not around is still not as safe as you think it is.

Have a Minute? Talk to Your Kids about Smoking

There are many reasons why smokers start young, but the key to preventing it is communication.

Raising Smoke-Free Teens

Parents will always have a bigger influence over their children, so set a good example!

Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs – Why Teens Get Hooked On This Triple Threat

Learn how you can help them steer clear from the use of harmful substances, too.

Effects of Smoking on Youth

Quitting isn’t easy, but it is important to know that the earlier you quit, the less likely it will become a lifelong habit! Understand the misconceptions and consequences that come with smoking, and decide to quit now.

Think Smoking Relieves Stress? Think Again!

Contrary to popular belief, smokers are actually more inclined to stress than non-smokers! Here’s why.

Ditch Both that Cigarette and Drink!

Smoking and drinking often go hand in hand, increasing the risk of health problems. Find out how you can cut down and avoid them.

Tips to Stub Out

What can you do to keep your mind off taking the puff?

Cool Places to Hang out Without Lighting Up

Think of all the things you can do when you‘re not spending money on cigarettes!

Other Tobacco Products

It is no big news that cigarettes kill, but did you know that the risks involved in using tobacco products are far more than meets the eye? Shisha, for example, contains tar and other cancer-causing chemicals, while studies have shown that e-cigarettes can cause permanent lung damage. To discover more hard truths about other tobacco products, explore the links below.

Get the Facts Right About Tobacco

Shisha, e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products are not safer alternatives to cigarettes. Remember that the best way to lead a healthier lifestyle is to quit smoking entirely!

What’s in an E-Cigarette

There’s a lot about e-cigarettes that many of us are unaware of – what are they exactly, and are they safe? Read on to uncover truths and myths clouding it!

Are E-Cigarettes A Healthier Option?

Commonly available and found with a variety of forms and flavours, e-cigarette smokers tend to disregard the fact that these devices contain toxic chemicals that can cause negative effects, along with other unknown ones.

“Shisha Is Not Smoking”, and Other Tobacco Myths

Did you know? A shisha smoker will inhale 100 to 200 times the smoke from a cigarettes as they tend to take deeper puffs from the waterpipe.

Find Out Everything You Wanted to Know about Shisha

Often seen as a harmless social activity, many shisha smokers ignore the fact that it can actually be a lot more harmful than smoking real cigarettes.

If you’ve decided to embark on a journey to quitting, congratulations! You’ve made an important first step that will pave the way to stubbing out for good. The ride is going to get tough, so if you ever feel like giving up, keep in mind why you are doing this and remember that there are many people just like yourself who have successfully quit. It may take some time and effort but the health benefits make it all worthwhile!

Benefits of Quitting

Quitting smoking can help you get back to good health again, but there are many other benefits that come with it too. Explore the links below and you’ll find that you stand to win everything when you stub it out for good!

Clearing the Air

Experimenting with other tobacco products does not reduce your health risks. Discover the health benefits when you quit tobacco entirely.

Benefits of Quitting

Learning more about the benefits of quitting can help you make the decision to quit or motivate you on your journey.

9 Reasons Smokers are Grateful They’ve Quit

Quitting doesn’t just benefit you. It benefits the quality of life of those around you, too.

Healthier, Happier, Richer: This is You, Smoke-Free

Have a look at the many benefits of quitting that go beyond better health.

Getting Started

Many smokers do not know how to begin quitting, and may be worried about coping without cigarettes. However, making the decision to quit is half the battle won. We’d like to help equip you with skills and see you through to a smoke-free life!

What’s Your Reason to Stub Out?

Think of the reasons why you’re quitting – they will serve as motivation when it gets increasingly tough.

Build Your Quitting Game Plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. That’s why we’ve put together a 5-step plan to help you stub it out for good!

How to Quit

The success of your quit journey depends on your willpower and the method that suits you best. Here are a few that could help.

The Journey to Smoke-Free

Quitting smoking is not the easiest thing to do and it may take several tries, but once you get there, your body will notice the benefits.

Quit Smoking Tips

Here are some tips and information to help you on your quit journey!

Quit Smoking Tips for People with Diabetes

Smoking is bad for everyone, but the health risks are even greater for those with diabetes.

Quit Smoking Clinics

Having a chat with one of our friendly pharmacists might just be the thing you need to help you quit!

Say Hello to 4Ds and Goodbye to Smoking

Don’t let cravings get the better of you. Remember these 4 tips to help you overcome them!

Tips to Stub Out

What can you do to keep your mind off taking the puff?

Shake up Old Habits to Stub Out

Replace that awful habit with healthier ones!

Stubbing Out Myths About Quitting

Are these misconceptions holding you back from quitting?

Breathe in the Air

Here are a few alternatives to smoking that can help you breathe in clean, healthy air again.

Challenges when Quitting

Understanding your reasons for smoking and planning ways to overcome them will help you develop a new smoke-free lifestyle.

Learn the Way of the Cold Turkey

Abruptly stopping is proven to be one of the most effective way to quit smoking.

Gradual Reduction in a Nutshell

Learn how you can effectively reduce the number of cigarettes smoked to zero.

Know Your Enemy: Identify and Avoid Triggers

Self-awareness is an effective weapon of choice that can help fight your cravings.

How to Quit

The success of your quit journey depends on your willpower and the method that suits you best. Here are a few that could help.

6 Smoke-Free ways to Deal with Emotions

Emotions such as stress, anxiety and sadness can lead to lighting up a cigarette. Here are a few ways you can clear your mind.

Weather the Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms are a sign that your body is repairing itself. Hang in there and you will recover!

Quitter Survival Toolkit

Need some lifehacks to help keep your mind off the cigarettes?

How to Deal with Cravings after Quitting

Here are a few ways you can fight those evil urges while you’re trying to quit.

Stay Smoke-Free for Good

Great job, quitting smoking is a huge achievement! Being a non-smoker may be a new experience for you, so it’s important that you continue making healthy choices for you and your loved ones. Find out how you can acquaint yourself to a brand new, healthier you by exploring the links below.

5 Things to Look Forward to Now That You’re Smoke-Free

Successfully quitting is not just a gift for yourself, but a gift for your loved ones, too!

6 Ways to Savour Your Smoke-Free Life

It’s time to treat your reawakened sense of taste and smell!

7 Healthy Habits to Stay Smoke-Free

Here’s to celebrating life with more healthy habits!

Wanted: New, Non-Smoking Friends

Surround yourself with positive people who can help you maintain a healthier, smoke-free life.

Keep it Up! Staying Smoke-Free

Now that you’ve quit, keep looking ahead and remind yourself why you’ve gone smoke-free!

Quit and Get Fit!

More than just making yourself feel good, exercising can help lower your cravings too!

5 Fast Facts about Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Studies have shown that nicotine can be as addictive as heroin and cocaine, so here are a few tips that could help you overcome those cravings.

Happy Quitversary!

It’s important to reward your progress as you quit – it keeps you positive and motivated so you’ll never look back!

Send Your Cravings Pac-king

Who ever said that quitting smoking can’t be fun?

Testimonials from Ex-smokers

The best teacher is the voice of experience. Here, ex-smokers share motivation, challenges and methods that worked for them. You can do it too!

Quitting After Seventeen Years – Can it Be Done?

Learn how it’s never too late to quit smoking through Elaine Poh’s success story.

Kick Tobacco Butt!

Local rock band The Black Diamond Ninjas shows us how we can live it up without lighting it up.

Help Someone Quit

Have a friend or family member who is trying to quit? That’s great news! Explore the links below to find the best way to give help and encouragement, and ensure that both of you stick to it!

Help Someone Quit Smoking

Providing support and encouragement is critical in helping them achieve their goal, but everyone is different.

7 Ways to Be a Quit-smoking Kaki

Quitting smoking is tough and it takes a lot of willpower and self-discipline – you can help.

Quit Smoking Services – Listings

A telephone number can be a lifeline, too.

Use this Coupon: Get Support from Your Loved Ones

Progress should never go unrewarded, so here are some ideas that could help someone stub it out for good!

To strengthen Singapore’s tobacco control efforts, the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) (CAS) Act was implemented. This includes the prohibition of smoking-related advertisements and promotion, control of the use and sale of tobacco products, prohibition of harmful and imitation tobacco products, and control of the packaging and trade description of tobacco products. To learn more about the legislation on tobacco, click here

Singapore law controls the use and sale of tobacco products smoke-free life
Standardised Packaging

Standardised Packaging

To reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products and eliminate the effects of tobacco packaging as a form of advertising and promotion, all tobacco products sold in Singapore are required to comply with Standardised Packaging (SP) specifications from 1 July 2020. This involves the removal of all logos, colours, images and promotional information on the packaging of tobacco products, and an increase in the minimum size of the mandatory graphic health warnings from the existing 50% to 75% of all tobacco product packaging surfaces.

Minimum Legal Age

Minimum Legal Age

To reduce opportunities for youth to access and pick up smoking before they turn 21, the Minimum Legal Age (MLA) for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 21 years old progressively. From 1st Jan 2019, the age will be raised from 18 to 19 years old. On 1st Jan 2020, it will be raised to 20 years old and then to 21 years old on 1st Jan 2021.

Point-of-sale Display Ban

Point-of-sale Display Ban

The point-of-sale display of tobacco products has been banned since 1 August 2017. This is to reduce the exposure of non-smokers, especially the youth, to the advertising effect of tobacco product displays, and to help current smokers attempting to quit by minimising the impulse purchase of tobacco products.

Emerging and Imitation Tobacco Products

Emerging and Imitation Tobacco Products

Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, the purchase, use, and possession of emerging and imitation tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, shisha and chewing tobacco, is illegal. Anyone found in possession of, purchasing or using the prohibited products will face a fine of up to $2,000. Those caught importing, selling and distributing the products will face a fine of up to $20,000 and jailed for up to one year. To learn more about the legislation on the prohibition of harmful and imitation tobacco products please visit this link.

Smoke-Free Zones

Smoke-Free Zones

To promote a smoke-free lifestyle and protect the public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, the National Environment Agency has been expanding the list of smoke-free zones as part of the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act, while the Government’s long-term policy goal is to prohibit smoking in all public areas, except at Designated Smoking Areas.

For a healthier, smoke-free life for everyone, we’ve developed various programmes to help smokers quit and to raise awareness about the damaging effects of smoking. Whether you are in school, national service or at the workplace, find out how our programmes can help you and those around you.

I quit programme for healthier smoke-free life

The I Quit 28-Day Countdown

When you stay smoke-free for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown programme to help you take the first few steps to quitting for good and explore ways you can channel your attention away from smoking, one day at a time.

Click here to start your smoke-free journey now.

Tips for Running a Successful Workplace Smoking Control Programme

Introducing incentives and providing useful advice may help in getting your colleagues or employees to cut down on smoking at the workplace. Click here for tips!

Sample Smoke-Free Workplace Policy

To help you achieve a cleaner and safer environment at work, here are a few examples of how you can implement a smoke-free workplace policy.

Uniformed Group Programmes

Uniformed Group Programmes

In efforts to further lower the number of smokers, HPB has engaged with uniformed groups (e.g. Army, Navy, Airforce) to introduce initiatives such as health awareness talks and cessation workshops.

Healthcare Programmes

Healthcare Programmes

Since the 1990s, smoking cessation services have been extended to patients in hospitals and polyclinics. Today, HPB continues that by forming major partnerships with healthcare professionals and providing more services to non-governmental organisations.

Community Roadshows

Public education is an effective way of reaching out to a broader audience about the harmful effects of smoking. Hence, we often partner with community organisations to organise I Quit roadshows islandwide to provide smoking cessation counselling to smokers.

To find out where the next roadshow will be, click here

School Programmes

According to a local survey, one-third of smokers aged 18 to 21 picked up smoking when they were 14 or younger.

To encourage the youth to stay smoke-free, HPB adopts a multi-pronged approach comprising educational measures and policies that aim to prevent the youth from initiating smoking and provide help to those who have tried smoking to stop as soon as possible. These efforts include working with the Ministry of Education and Institutes of Higher Learning to incorporate anti-tobacco messages into the school curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as offer help to youth smokers to quit smoking by providing them with tailored counselling in schools.

To find out more about our school programmes, click here