Smoking Habit of Young Singaporeans

The unit cost may have caused younger people to turn to roll-your-own smokes, or “rollies” in Singapore as tobacco leaves are gaining popularity as a cheaper alternative to cigarettes, local daily The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

Doctors said these rollies could be more damaging to the lungs as unlike regular cigarettes, they come without filters to block larger smoke particles from entering the lungs.

A bag of tobacco leaves, readily available in supermarkets and convenience stores, costs as little as 5 Singapore dollars (3.80 U. S. dollars), enough to fill 50 cigarettes or more.

Singapore customs statistics show that the amount of loose tobacco leaves sold more than doubled between 2006 and last year from 38,174 kg to 82,994 kg.

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