Smoking (Control of Advertisements and Sale of Tobacco) Act

(Original Enactment: Act 10 of 1993)

(15th March 1994)
An Act to prohibit advertisements relating to smoking, to control the use of tobacco products by young persons, to control the sale, packaging and trade description of tobacco products and for matters connected therewith.
[31st May 1993]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Smoking (Control of Advertisements and Sale of Tobacco) Act.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“advertisement” includes any notice, circular, pamphlet, brochure, programme, price-list, label, wrapper or other document and any announcement, notification or intimation to the public or any section thereof or to any person or persons made —
(a)orally or in writing;
(b)by means of any poster, placard, notice or other document affixed, posted up or displayed on any wall, billboard or hoarding or on any other object or thing;
(c)by means of producing or transmitting sound or light and whether for aural or visual reception or both;
(d)by means of any writing on any vehicle, ashtray, calendar, cigarette-lighter, clock or any other object or thing; or
(e)in any other manner whatsoever;
“advertisement relating to smoking” means any advertisement referred to in section 3(1) which has not been approved under section 3(2);
“authorised officer” means any officer or person, appointed under section 18;
“Director” means the Director of Medical Services and includes a Deputy or an Assistant Director of Medical Services;
“imitation tobacco product” means any of the products referred to in section 15(1);
“newspaper” includes any magazine, journal, periodical or any other publication containing news, intelligence, information or reports of occurrences, or any remarks, observations or comments in relation either to such news, intelligence, information or occurrences or to any other matter of interest to the public or any section of the public, issued in any language at regular or irregular intervals;
“publish”, with its grammatical variations, in relation to an advertisement, includes issuing, showing, displaying, exhibiting or making known an advertisement in any manner whatsoever;
“smoking”, with its grammatical variations, means inhaling and expelling the smoke of any tobacco product and includes the holding of any tobacco product which is alight or emitting smoke;
“tobacco product” means any cigarette, cigar or any other form of tobacco including any mixture containing tobacco but excludes any medicinal product registered under the Medicines Act [Cap. 176];
“writing” includes painting, inscription, printing, lithography, typewriting, photography and other modes of representing or reproducing words or figures in visible form.