SINGAPORE (AP) - Members of Singapore's armed forces have been put on notice as
of AUg. 1: anyone caught smoking in public while in uniform will be fined.
With the end of a three-month grace period, military policemen have orders to crack
down, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said. Violators will have 50 Singapore
dollars (U.S. $31) deducted from their pay.
The cigars after formal dinners in the officer's mess, a tradition dating back to
British colonial rule, were extinguished last year. Some units now pass around chocolate
mints instead of the port and cigars.