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Singapore (VNA) – The government of Singapore plans to install 300 cameras with high definition thermal sensors across the country to detect smoking in prohibited areas, according to local media.

Other unhygienic acts like spitting and littering will also be captured by the initiative, which will be a first here, The Straits Times reported.

Cameras deployed in areas where smoking is prevalent but barred will record images of the person as well as the date and time.

Singapore is one of countries having strictest anti-tobacco laws in the world. Smoking is banned in most public places, with errant puffers handed a fine of up to 1,000 SGD (740 USD) if caught, and E-cigarettes are also banned outright in the Southeast Asian nation.

Singapore first introduced anti-tobacco laws in the 1970s as part of a national effort to reduce smoking.

It has since expanded the number of public places where smoking is prohibited, including university campuses and in common areas around apartment blocks.-VNA