Singapore has banned smoking in a very long and ever expanding list of public places, but there still seems to be no way to escape second hand smoke. I’m extra conscious of it when I’m with Sophia. Despite the seemingly comprehensive ban, Sophia is still constantly subject to the harm of tobacco.
Next to a food center that we were eating at last weekend was this group of kiddy rides. While Sophia hates a moving kiddy ride, she remains attracted by the colourful structures and enjoys just sitting on them and pretending to drive/ride. So naturally she kept asking to be brought there BUT there was a man standing next to the bin right next to the Winnie the Pooh ride puffing away for the longest time. I waited for a good 15 minutes for the toxins to clear before allowing Sophia to go over and noticed that there were cigarette ashes on the rides closest to the bin. Perhaps bins with ashtray facilities should never be anywhere near kids facilities or, indeed, any place that people may hang around for any length of time.
Actually the hubby says the japanese got it right with smoke boxes and Singapore should import these and have a general ban on smoking except in these boxes. I can imagine the smokers being mighty unhappy about it but if there are enough of these around to not inconvenience smokers and a sufficiently good filtering system such that the smoke is drawn out but does not harm people outside the box, I’m for it. Perhaps the government’s investment in this can be incremental. The law can say that it is illegal to smoke within 50m of a smoke box, because smokers have no excuse not to head to one so close away, and as more smoke boxes get installed, more of Singapore becomes smoke free. Building regulations can say that all new buildings need to be fitted with a smoke box so people will smoke there instead of outside the buildings along pedestrian walkways.
What do you guys think? Is this yet another case of me being a neuro protectionist mum or are you guys also concerned about your children taking in second hand smoke?