Ministry of Health and HSA Closely Monitoring Use of “Energy Stick” Inhalers In Singapore


The Ministry of Health (MOH) and Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in Singapore are closely monitoring the use of “energy stick” inhalers amid concerns that young people may become hooked on them.

Members of Parliament including Mr Yip Hon Weng and Mr Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim raised questions regarding the use of “energy stick” inhalers in parliament session, and the Minister said MOH & HSA are closely monitoring their use.

Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary stated in parliament on Monday (Mar 4), that the marketing of these products, which come in various flavours, is targeting young people on social media.

“The Ministry and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) are closely monitoring their use, especially when its marketing on social media and availability of flavours target the young”.

“We will continue to evaluate these products to ensure they are not adulterated with harmful ingredients such as nicotine as they evolve, and will take the necessary actions to protect public health” he added in his statement.


Inhaler nasal stick, known as the “Energy Stick,” is gaining popularity among young children in Chinese primary schools as a stress reducer and focus enhancer. However, some medical experts have raised concerns about the potential addictive properties of the product.

“Take a puff before school, and a puff after class,” one advertisement for the product says, while another claims the inhaler prevents sleepiness and is safe to use according to Chinese news site SCMP report.

While some outlets have sold nearly 10,000 sticks online at various price points, doctors warn that inhaling the stick may cause harm to the nasal mucosa and lead to infections in the nose, sinuses, trachea, and lungs.

The ingredient according to E-commere website energy sticks contain “essential oils”, “natural ingredients” and “safe, plant-based extracts, camphor, commonly found in the product, can be harmful if misused and should not be included in nasal inhalers according to regulations. Parents and children are advised to be vigilant and not bring the “Energy Stick” to school.

Images via google

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts