Smoker detection system in Singapore

Central Station | 11 Jul 2018

Lighting up will soon get tougher in Singapore, with 300 high-definition thermal cameras being set up to catch illegal smokers.

Singapore already has some of the world's strictest anti-tobacco laws, and smoking is banned in most public places. Illegal puffers are fined up to S$1,000 (HK$5,780). E-cigarettes are banned outright.

The thermal cameras can detect when a person is holding a lit cigarette in a non-smoking area. And The Straits Times says cameras will be positioned around residential areas and other public places and can also catch other illegal "unhygienic acts" such as spitting and littering.

Singapore introduced anti-tobacco laws in the 1970s as part of a national effort to reduce smoking. It has since expanded the number of public places where lighting up is prohibited, including university campuses and in common areas around housing areas.

Smoking in private cars is legal, but winding down the window while doing so is not.

Singapore is described on souvenir T-shirts as a "very fine city" because of the number and size of penalties for odd offences, such as annoying a member of the public with a musical instrument and failing to flush a public toilet.

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