In Singapore, smokers will feel a tad 'mistreated' by the laws governing their daily habit of taking an occasional puff.
Since 1970, the Government has been gradually increasing the number of areas where smoking is banned. Such places to note include bus interchanges and shelters, public toilets, public swimming complexes, hawker centres and coffeeshops.
From July 2007 onwards, entertainment nightspots such as pubs, clubs, and bars, were also included in the smoke-free law. However, this does not constitute a total crackdown on smoking, as the laws allow the construction of designated smoking rooms and corners (the famous yellow boxes).
These yellow boxes are actually one of the options a licensee or an operator can use in order to demarcate a smoking corner. Other options include using physical or visible partition (wooden screens), coloured tables and cloth, and any other form of demarcation which are prominent.
Usually, you can find designated smoking corners at hawker centres, coffeeshops, and entertainment nightspots. Smoking rooms can only take up 10% of the total indoor space while outdoor smoking areas must never exceed 20% of the total outdoor area.
As of 2009, smokers will be fined if they are caught smoking in children's playgrounds, underground and multi-storey carparks, ferry terminals, lift lobbies, shopping complexes and within 5 meters of entrances and exits. Offenders will be fined a minimum $200 to a maximum of $1000 if convicted in court. Managers of establishments caught flouting the rules will be fined $200 for the first offence, and $500 subsequently.
Smoking in Singapore