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  1. Lifestyle - Health

    Women smokers face greater health risks than in past

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 03:50pm by AFP

    ... and other health ailments. The study of more than 2.2 million adults 55 years and older found that women who smoked in the 1960s had a 2.7 times higher risk of lung cancer than those who never ... the serious health risks from smoking were well established.” A proliferation in “light” and “mild” cigarette brands marketed toward women explains at least part of the increase in adverse health ...

  2. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH BITES

    Health bites

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by JEANETTE WANG

    ... life People who eat less could be in better health and have a lower risk of cancer, according to a study by a team from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre published in the journal PLoS ... better health but also lived up to 20 per cent longer.     Cloudy with a chance of pain When lightning strikes, so may the migraine. University of Cincinnati researchers, in a study published ...

  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Imperial Tobacco criticised by Australian health boss over 'sick joke'

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... khaki packaging with graphic health warnings from December 1 under a new anti-smoking policy upheld last month by the nation's highest court. In order to meet the shelf deadline products must be manufactured in plain packets from October 1. Imperial Tobacco rolled out one last branded packet yesterday which attracted the ire of Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. The new box shows ...

  4. Passive smoking children face long-term health problems

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Parents, think twice before lighting up in front of your children: you could be setting them up for long-term respiratory illness, according to a study presented last Sunday at the American Thoracic Society Internation ...

  5. Shisha pipe trend poses health risk

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... raises questions about whether authorities are aware of the potential health hazards. An apparent absence of efforts to educate and regulate would suggest not. This is despite overseas studies showing that, depending on the tobacco used and smoking method, a shisha pipe is as bad for health as a cigarette- and perhaps dramatically worse. Although the smoke first passes through water ...

  6. Put tobacco tax to work in health promotion

    Posted Apr 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lee Shiu-hung All along, Hong Kong has taken a multi-pronged approach to tobacco control. The measures include tobacco taxes, legislation under the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance, health education, control of tobacco advertising and publicity, and protection from passive smoking. The measures are in line with the strategies contained in the World Health Organisation ...

  7. Critics of increased tobacco tax 'enemies of public health'

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Top medical experts in the city have branded opponents to higher tobacco taxes 'enemies of public health', after some lawmakers said the proposed increase was unnecessary. The responses came after the government raised tobacco duty by 41.5 per cent with immediate effect. The Department of Health received more than 530 calls for help on its quit-smoking ...

  8. Plain cigarette packs can make health warnings more credible

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... industry to undermine health warnings and encourage the false belief that some brands are less hazardous than others. Branding imagery and colour are used by the industry to distract attention from health warnings. Some brands incorporate the colours of health warnings into the design of the pack, causing the warnings to blend into the overall pack design and become less salient. Studies ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Budget reaction: Tobacco duty increase ‘not enough’ to get smokers to quit

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 05:22pm

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Health council disappointed as price of average pack of cigarettes climbs 'only' HK$4 to HK$54 The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has ... duty to retail price of cigarettes to about 70 per cent – the minimum level recommended by the World Health Organisation. Chairman of the council Lisa Lau Man-man said the raise was not enough ...

  10. War on smoking a priority for health director

    Posted Aug 26th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... The Health Department will tighten laws on tobacco advertising and push for more powers to enforce rules The new director of health has declared war on smoking and wants the power ... to enact anti-smoking laws. 'We are seeking to achieve smoke-free workplaces and we need to tackle the problem of passive smoking,' he said. The Department of Health now has only ...




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