29 Mar '16, 7am

[Mothership] NTUC FairPrice’s cigarette vending machine also advertises cigarettes, says forum letter writer https://t.co/pMNDqcHgAn

[Mothership] NTUC FairPrice’s cigarette vending machine also advertises cigarettes, says forum letter writer https://t.co/pMNDqcHgAn

The Straits Times ran a pretty on-point forum letter on Monday morning, on NTUC FairPrice’s initiative of installing an opaque cigarette vending machine in one of its supermarket outlets on a trial basis. Written by one Liu I-Chun, the letter cited guidelines from the United Nations World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control regarding the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, in particular this portion: Screenshot from WHO guidelines on tobacco control She writes, “The mere presence of these prominent dispenser machines, sans branding notwithstanding, reminds people of cigarette availability. After all, advertising is, in essence, association, implication and conditioning.” But wait, there’s more. She adds that despite what the supermarket chain CEO and Marine Parade MP Seah Kian Peng says about FairPrice “support(ing) the gover...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2016/03/ntuc-fairprices-cigarette-ve...

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