The recent calls from Ministers to ban smoking in one's own home has struck a chord with many Singaporeans. On the one hand, it seems like a good idea, because have you ever been in your own house, and yet get suffocated by the cigarette smell coming out of your neighbours unit? On the other hand, if you are a smoker, why can't you even light up in your own home? 

But this call to ban shows one thing. It seems like the Singapore government's go to tactics when a problem arises is to ban them. Being naked in one's own home, and people can see that you are, is also wrong. Banned. Never mind if the people who saw you could be voyeurs for looking in to your own home. Cats in HDB units? No good. Ban them. Big dogs in HDB units? Dangerous. Ban them.

So, what's next? is banning really a solution to a problem? Or will it just bury the issue, only to resurface in some other forms one of these days?

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