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Rules and regulations
Singapore has a reputation for its rules and regulations. There are posters displayed prominently around the place telling people what to do and what not to do.
There is a need for some, I believe, so that it is clear what is forbidden, such as not eating or smoking on the trains.
However, the Singapore government have taken this one step further and have issued posters on matters that any person with a decent upbringing would not need reminding about.
I don't really need to be told how to use a public toilet, that I must keep it clean and flush after use or that I should not urinate in lifts.
If you are someone that likes to break the rules then watch out because there are stiff fines involved for doing so. Just act like a decent person showing respect to other people and public places and you will not have a problem.
Smoking is not permitted in air-conditioned buildings including restaurants and workplaces, hawker centres, and nightclubs. Singapore has also raised the tax on cigarettes and every packet carries horrific photos of the harmful effects of smoking. There are some designated areas on Orchard road where you can smoke.
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Smoking is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN in public buildings, governement offices, MRT stations, bus interchanges, elevators, shopping centres, air-conditioned restaurants, taxis, buses & theatres. Offenders can be fined up to S$1,000. Bars & discos are not yet restricted to smoke. Bringing in cigarettes to Singapore is a chargeable offence. Unofficially, you may bring in one packet of cigarettes to Singapore for personal consumption. Otherwise, you'll get a hefty fine for smuggling cigarettes. First-time offenders face a fine of up to S$1,000. For repeat offenders-- it's a fine of up to S$2,000 and a Corrective Work Order (CWO).
The local t-shirts proclaim, `Singapore is a Fine City' You can be fined for possession of chewing gum, for smoking in public, for carrying flammable liquids on the subway, etc. First-time offenders face a fine of up to S$1,000. For repeat offenders-- it's a fine of up to S$2,000 and a Corrective Work Order (CWO).
The culprit-in-cheif seems to be Chewing gum. The import, sale and possession of chewing gum is banned. You are also not allowed to bring in chewing gum for your own consumption. American teenager Michael Fay learned his lesson the hard way, in 1994, when he spray-painted cars as a prank.
Drug traffickers face the death penalty.
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CIGARETTES: you are not allowed to bring in cigarettes from duty free. there are officers waiting when you collect your bags and they have a machine to put your bags through to check if you do have cigarettes you have to go and sign a whole bunch of forms. They will hold onto them until you are leaving to go back home. when you are at the airport you will collect them when you have passed customs. so to save all the hassle just dont buy when coming to singapore. you can buy on the way out though.
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Duty Free Cigarettes
I have heard of the warning not to take duty free cigarettes into Singapore and I have now witnessed it firsthand. I went to the customs office to declare a flask of orchids that I bought in Bangkok and there was a customs officer with 2 cartons of cigarettes that this man tried to bring into the country. The customs officer was slicing up the cartons with a stanley knife. The tourist was also charged with the duty on 2 cartons cigarettes - an expensive mistake to make.
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Contraband / Tax Free Cigarettes
Smoker out there, before you come into Singapore, there is some customs law which you might need to know about cigarettes. Our customs is very strict about bringing of tax free cigarettes into Singapore, regardless you are entering through air or sea. If you have a open packet of cigarette pack, it is most likely that the customs would allows you to go through. If not, a fine of $200 per pack of cigarette will be imposed onto you.
Meanwhile, Singapore government have found ways and means to differentiate between Singapore selling cigarettes and contraband cigarettes. Two of the feature of Singapore cigarettes is that every single stick of cigarette is marked with SDPC markings, which means "Singapore Duty Paid Cigarette" and has a health warning pictorial on the pack itself (which is quite gross". The fine for either one is $500 per pack.
Although the prices of Singapore cigarettes are high, e.g Marlboro lights costs about $12, it is still much cheaper than paying a couple hundreds of dollars for a pack of contraband cigarettes.
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