SINGAPORE (Jan 14): It seems to be business as usual on Orchard Road, despite the prime shopping belt’s being designated as a No Smoking Zone (NSZ) beginning Jan 1. “Nothing has changed,” says Janice, a retail assistant working in Far East Plaza, who was taking a smoke break on the pavement outside the building. In fact, the 24-year-old, who describes herself as an “occasional, social smoker”, shrugs off suggestions that the ban might have any impact on tourism or retail business. Yet, to call it a smoking ban might be a misnomer. “Look around you,” Janice gestures with a lit cigarette in hand. “Everybody is still smoking.”

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