More than 25 caught smoking contraband cigarettes in CBD area
More than 25 people were caught smoking contraband cigarettes in an enforcement operation by the Singapore Customs last Friday.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Singapore Customs said that plainclothes officers were in the Central Business District to look for smokers with contraband cigarettes.
It added that such operations are conducted islandwide to curb the demand for these illegal cigarettes.
Contraband cigarettes do not come with the SDPC (Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarette) mark, which features a series of vertical lines around the cigarette stick.
Enforcement officers started using the mark in February 2013 to differentiate duty-paid cigarettes from contraband ones.
Those who were caught were given fines known as composition sums, the Singapore Customs Facebook post said.
The composition sum for a first-time offender who has up to one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes in his possession is $500.
Heavier penalties will apply if the person is found with more than one packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes and/or if he is a repeat offender.