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Phasing-out tobacco: proposal to deny access to tobacco for those born from 2000
  1. Deborah Khoo1,
  2. Yvonne Chiam1,
  3. Priscilla Ng1,
  4. A J Berrick2,
  5. H N Koong1
  1. 1Department of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore
  2. 2Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to HN Koong, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Department of Surgical Oncology. 11 Hospital Drive, Singapore 169610, Singapore; dsokhn{at}


As a contribution to worldwide efforts towards a tobacco-free society, this paper considers the possibility of a long-term phasing-in of a total ban, by proposing that individuals born in or after the year 2000 have their supply of tobacco restricted. In conjunction, a survey that we have conducted in Singapore indicates strong public support (even among current smokers) for the proposal.

  • Primary healthcare
  • public opinion polls
  • public policy
  • young adults

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