Joint Ops Seized 600kg Illegal Tobacco in Little India

Joint Ops Seized 600kg Illegal Tobacco in Little India
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  1. During a joint operation, more than 600kg of smokeless tobacco was seized in Little India.
  2. 27 individuals have been investigated for various illegal tobacco-related activities.
  3. The HSA takes a firm stance against the sale and use of illegal tobacco.

In a major crackdown on banned tobacco use, Singaporean authorities have made a big bust.

Operation Smokeless: HSA and SPF in Joint Action

According to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), a successful operation has been conducted in Little India.

Between 15 May and 30 June 2024, enforcement officers were busy in joint operations.

The focus was on hidden smokeless tobacco around Chander and Veerasamy Road.

Under drain covers and in bins and electrical boxes, illegal tobacco lay hidden from view.

Smokeless tobacco refers to tobacco that is used without being burned.

E.g. chewing tobacco, snuff and snus.

Authorities have a clear message: Singapore bans these tobacco products.

Here are some key highlights to note:

  • The Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act may mean jail time.
  • Seized products included chewing tobacco and snus, among others.
  • First-time offenders could face $10,000 in fines or six months’ imprisonment.

Understanding the Impact and Laws

Concerning the operation, an HSA spokesperson declared, Smokeless tobacco is strictly prohibited in Singapore.

Products seized are linked to serious health risks, including cancer.

Singapore’s strong stance: zero tolerance towards such illegal activities.

Take a look at this quick table for a clear overview:

OffencePotential Penalty
Selling Smokeless TobaccoUp to $10,000 fine or 6 months’ jail
Possession and UseUp to $2,000 fine for individuals
Purchase and UseUp to $2,000 fine for individuals
27 Individuals InvestigatedAge range of 24 to 77

Public Awareness and Enforcement Efforts

People saw hidden stashes being found, as street corners gave up their secrets.

Operation Smokeless showed the combined strength of SPF and HSA.

HSA urges, the public must avoid buying or carrying these illegal goods.

Contact HSA at 6684 2036 or 6684 2037 during office hours for any related information.

Following the rules helps keep Singapore’s streets free from illegal tobacco trade.

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