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Friday, September 19, 2008

Singapore Brands Cigarette's

11:53 AM By Barry Smyth , 2 comments

Here's an amusing artical from the Singapore Customs website. It had me chuckling for ages because its so totally stupid. In my opinion in ranks up there with bomb shelters in condominium's, and ash trays on motor bikes.

With effect from 1 January 2009, all duty-paid cigarettes sold in Singapore will be legally required to be marked with the letters “SDPC” (which stands for Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarettes). The SDPC will be marked on every individual stick. From 1 January 2009, all cigarettes without the SDPC-marking in Singapore will be deemed illegal.Anyone caught selling, buying, or having in possession of duty unpaid cigarettes without the SDPC marking will be committing an offence under the Customs and GST Acts. For every packet of duty-unpaid cigarettes, buyers will be fined $500.

Can you imagine the police stopping you in the middle of mid-smoke and asking to see your cigarettes, its just so funny to think about. I wonder if they will apply the same rationale to everything that has duty paid on it.

Meanwhile, Ong Yong Kian, director-general, Singapore Customs, is reported as having said: "Our assessment is that it is unlikely that the SDPC markings will be counterfeited. This assessment is also shared by the industry. But nonetheless, we will be monitoring the situation very closely."

Which just made me laugh even more.

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  1. Anonymous11:31 AM

    for my opinion, it is such a silly idea.

    I am just a passerby who happened to chance upon your blog. hope it wasn't too intrusive? :)

    ~October Sky~

  2. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Hahaha... and how difficult is it to print SPDC using a widely available front type. Duh ... nothing better to do. :D Kian