Singapore Changi Airport has cracked down on vapes and found 177 carriers in four days

At Singapore’s Changi Airport, 177 people were found with vapes or electronic atomizers, and 61 people were fined. The campaign aims to ban the ownership and use of vapes and prevent the smuggling of vapes during peak travel times.

According to Beritaharian reported on Jan 4, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH), Health Sciences Authority (HSA), and Immigration Inspection Centre (ICA) according to a joint statement, 177 people were recently found carrying e-cigarettes or e-cigarette atomizers in four days at Singapore’s Changi Airport.


To strengthen community law enforcement and curb the ownership and use of e-cigarettes, the four-day operation was conducted on December 20, 23, 27, and 30, 2023, respectively. At the same time, the campaign aims to avoid the smuggling of vapes through airports during peak travel periods. Of those, 61 were fined for possessing vapes, while 116 passengers claimed to have e-cigarettes but threw them away to avoid fines.


Based on this action, HSA and ICA staff reminded passengers arriving at Changi Airport’s four terminals. Banners and digital screen displays are placed in high-traffic areas of the airport, indicating that the use of e-cigarettes is banned in Singapore. In the meantime, if passengers find themselves carrying e-cigarettes after receiving their baggage, they should make a statement to ICA staff through the red aisle.


In another enforcement action at the Tuas Inspection Centre on Dec 21, 2023, the Integrated Inspection Centre found 25 e-cigarettes and related components hidden under the driver’s and passenger seats of Singapore-registered cars. The offenders and the caught e-cigarettes have been handed over to the HSA.


HSA and ICA will jointly enforce the law at land and Marine inspection centers in the coming months to keep Singapore safe, pass security checks, and work with relevant authorities to avoid smuggling.


It is worth mentioning that, according to Singapore’s legal provisions, in December 2023, the number of e-cigarette-related cases found at Singapore checkpoints has reached 1,656. It is an offense to possess, use, or buy vapes in Singapore and can result in a fine of S $2,000. For importing, distributing, selling, or selling e-cigarettes and their components, if convicted, they will face a fine of up to S $10,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both, with the corresponding penalties also increasing with the number of offenses.