Vaping

Published Date: 05 April 2021 02:00 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Ang Wei Neng, West Coast GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) in the past three years, how many students have been caught for vaping; (b) how is the Ministry working with the Ministry of Health and the police to educate the students not to get involved in vaping activities.

Response

1. Over the last three years, about 9 in every 1,000 students in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, centralised institute, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) were caught for smoking or vaping offences. We do not have the breakdown of vaping cases.

2. MOE, the polytechnics and ITE work closely with Health Promotion Board (HPB) to raise awareness among students about the benefits of leading a tobacco-free lifestyle and encourage them to stay smoke-free and vape-free. This is done through interactive programmes in schools, training for teachers to educate their students, and information on HPB's HealthHub portal.

3. School-based disciplinary action is taken against students caught using or possessing e-cigarettes and other types of vaporisers, including suspension or caning for boys. They are reported to Health Sciences Authority (HSA) so that the source of the supply of such products can be investigated. For recalcitrant offenders, HSA may also take enforcement action which may include prosecution or a fine. The offenders are also required to attend a cessation programme by HPB, which helps the students make long-term behavioural changes. Student Health Advisors, who are stationed in more than 60 secondary schools, encourage and guide students caught for smoking and vaping to kick the habit.

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