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  1. 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 ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - SMOKING

    Cigarette tax still failing to meet international standard

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:13pm

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Increase of tax by HK$4 per pack fails to meet 70% level recommended by WHO, as some manufacturers have raised their prices Tax on cigarettes is still failing to meet levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, despite the increase announced in last week’s budget, the Council on Smoking and Health has warned. Lisa Lau Man-man, chairwoman ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - TOBACCO

    Newspaper vendors say tobacco-tax hike could force them out of business

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:31pm by LO WEI

    ... turned to illegal cigarettes. Last week health officials announced that they are exploring the possibility of raising tobacco taxes ahead of the financial secretary’s budget speech on February 26. Lisa Lau Man-man, chairwoman of the Council on Smoking and Health, told the same radio show that increasing tobacco tax is effective in motivating smokers to quit – and preventing young ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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