Another fine moment in parenting made its way online in the form of a video clip showing a child appearing to smoke from a vape pen – with his family.
Someone on Twitter sounded off last night on a TikTok clip of a young boy puffing on an electronic cigarette and dancing beside a smaller boy and man carrying a baby.
“Ok can I get a confirmation? 1) is the boy in the hat VAPING?? 2) aren’t e-cigarettes ILLEGAL in Singapore??” Twitter user @Hopeily wrote, adding that they had contacted the authorities.
Ok can I get a confirmation?
1) is the boy in the hat VAPING??
2) aren’t e-cigarettes ILLEGAL in Singapore?? pic.twitter.com/B6rjwM0LNJ
— MissHope 🍉 (@Hopeily) July 28, 2021
The 14-second clip posted by TikTok user @Chaanalor, whose account has over 1,000 followers and is filled with clips of a woman vaping, was taken down within an hour. But some viewers said they had already reported her to the authorities.
“Sis you’re a little late. Many people have recorded the video of your child vaping and sent it to [Ministry of Social and Family Development], police, etc,” TikTok user James commented.
Attempts to contact the TikTok user were unsuccessful.
Hopeily also tweeted a screenshot of an email reporting the woman to the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
“Right so I have written to [Ministry of Social and Family Development] as well. I hope they look into this. Call me a Karen if you want, but this is a necessary Karen-ism. That child has no business smoking,” the user wrote.
Usage, possession or purchase of e-cigarettes and other forms of vaporizers have been banned in Singapore since 2018 under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty is a S$20,000 (US$14,700) fine and a year in jail.
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