Tobacco company fined for unlicensed distribution, advertisement of cigarettes at music festival

Source: CNA Asia (February 20, 2020)                  Download

A tobacco company has been fined $15,000 for unlicensed distribution and advertisement of cigarettes at a music festival. Japan Tobacco International (Singapore) was one of the sponsors for the EDM festival – Ultra Singapore 2016, which attracted 45,000 people over two days. Regulations prevented those going to the event at Bayfront Avenue from bringing in open packs of cigarettes. According to the prosecution, it meant smokers had no choice but to buy JTI products. The firm had set up two booths, which had menus showing their products. Investigations revealed that up to 1,600 packets of cigarettes were distributed over the event.