Give it up

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am

News reports have said that Hong Kong has fewer smokers than Japan. It surprised me. But when I go out on to the street, there are fewer smokers than before. I think this is the effective result of the smoking ban. I can feel the air has become fresher and Hong Kong's streets have become cleaner.

The smoking ban really has been a great success. It has helped people to quit smoking and has given Hong Kong a good image as far as tourists are concerned.

So come on smokers, try to quit, for your sakes and Hong Kong's.

Angel Cheung, Cheuk Man Pooi To Middle School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Angel. Many places in Hong Kong have become more pleasant now that we don't have to contend with smokers. But some places still break the rules and employees are subjected to second-hand smoke.

I personally believe, though, that the air has not become fresher at all. More people are smoking on the street now, which makes it very unpleasant if you have to walk anywhere.

Young smokers, it seems, are not deterred from lighting up by pictures of cancer or printed warnings on the boxes of cigarettes.

Now the British government is considering stripping cigarette packaging of its colourful logos. The tobacco industry is fighting back as it sees its last marketing tool about to be outlawed.

Perhaps taking the colour off packets will change smokers' habits. But research has shown that young people are more likely to quit if they realise that smoking gives them bad breath, than for any other reason.

Susan, Editor