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Regulate, not ban, lower risk tobacco products

It is time to recognise the benefits of such goods in Singapore's tobacco policy.

Singapore's policy stance forces smokers to choose between two unpalatable options: quit or risk premature death.

SMOKING is probably the single largest avoidable cause of death and disease in Singapore. The smoking habit also tends to be more prevalent among lower-income individuals; this makes smoking a major contributor to social inequality in health.

For decades, health authorities in Singapore...