This is an even more ridiculous idea - ban display of cigarettes at stores.
How will the customers know what cigarettes and prices are available? And who believes that young smokers pick up smoking because they notice cigarettes in stores - they can see cigarettes everywhere!
To combat the rising number of young smokers here, the Health Ministry will be gathering the public's view on whether ban shops from displaying cigarettes from Saturday.
The idea is for shops to keep these tobacco products hidden from view, and produce them when smokers ask to buy a specific pack.
Smoking is on the rise in Singapore, with 14.3 per cent of adults here hooked on the habit. This is up from 12.6 per cent in 2004.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who announced the public consultation today at the launch of the National Smoking Control Campaign, said the proposed ban aims to protect the young from the harms of tobacco advertising.