The Singapore government said potential revenue losses from tobacco taxes were not a factor in its 2018 decision to ban e-cigarettes.
Responding to questions from MPs from the Workers' Party and Seng Kang, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said: "The government's decision to ban the use of e-cigarettes in 2018 was based on public health considerations to protect our people from these products. Harm. The potential loss of tobacco tax revenue from reduced consumption of tobacco products was not a factor in this decision.”
"If the government legalizes and taxes e-cigarettes, the challenges will be similar to those we experience today with cigarettes and other tobacco products," Wong added, according to Yahoo News.
"In any case, the government has no plans to change our current approach as our top priority is to protect the health of our people and prevent e-cigarettes from causing harm to our people, especially young Singaporeans," he said.