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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

    ... expressed disappointment at the increase in tobacco duty announced by Financial Secretary John Tsang in today’s budget speech, saying it is too small to affect smokers’ behaviour. The 20 per cent ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1435692/budget-reaction-tobacco-duty-increase-not-enough-get-smokers-quit
  2. Shut duty-free tobacco shops

    Posted Aug 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It makes sense to increase the tobacco tax, eliminate duty-free tobacco shops at the airport and the mainland border, and remove the duty-free allowance on tobacco for travellers. Why ... As for the propaganda, spouted even by the financial secretary, that increasing tobacco taxes causes smuggling, this is, of course, rubbish. Smuggling happens because we do not require a stamp of the date ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/513902/shut-duty-free-tobacco-shops
  3. Fight to stamp out smoking moves to the street, films

    Posted Feb 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang The battle to stamp out smoking may go a step further, with a government-backed advisory group proposing bans on people lighting up in the street in certain areas and on the depiction of smoking in films. These are among recommendations the Council on Smoking and Health hopes the government will consider in advancing the fight against the use of tobacco products. Lisa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/705199/fight-stamp-out-smoking-moves-street-films
  4. Smokers want refund if Legco lowers duty

    Posted Apr 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... increase on the tobacco duty. With lawmakers attempting to veto or slash the 41 per cent increase in the duty introduced in this year's budget, the government is facing the peculiar prospect ... of several thousand smokers, mostly through online networks. On budget day, February 23, the government immediately raised the tobacco duty by HK 50 cents per cigarette. That caused the retail price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965757/smokers-want-refund-if-legco-lowers-duty
  5. Duty-free plan is not the full packet

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu Legislators discussing an amendment to reduce the number of duty-free cigarettes from three packets to one opened packet of no more than 19 cigarettes yesterday urged ... of other manufactured tobacco. At present, 60 cigarettes are exempted from duty. Travellers bringing in more than 19 cigarettes will need to declare them and pay the appropriate tax or face a fine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/712773/duty-free-plan-not-full-packet
  6. Duty-free dilemma

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government will scrap the duty-free tobacco allowance for cross-border travellers but hold off from increasing tobacco taxes. Cross-border travellers will only be allowed to bring one ... whether the new policy will be successful. I think smokers will buy more cigarettes from local shops when they finish their duty-free pack. The government should try to stop people from buying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708043/duty-free-dilemma
  7. Smokers decry ban on duty-free tobacco

    Posted Feb 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang There was good news and bad for smokers in the budget, with the financial secretary scrapping the duty-free tobacco allowance for cross-border travellers but holding off from increasing tobacco duties. Travellers will be limited to bringing into Hong Kong free of duty only one open pack containing no more than 19 cigarettes. At present they can bring in three packs (60 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/706890/smokers-decry-ban-duty-free-tobacco
  8. Guidelines needed for duty-free tobacco ban

    Posted Feb 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter The health minister says some 'technical issues' over the proposal to ban duty-free cigarettes still need to be sorted out with customs. Dr York Chow Yat-ngok ... was initiated by Chow's bureau and seeks to limit the number of duty-free cigarettes that an arriving traveller can bring into Hong Kong to 19, compared to 60- or three packs- under present rules. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/707009/guidelines-needed-duty-free-tobacco-ban
  9. 'No sign' illicit sales up since smoke duty rise

    Posted Apr 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Eva Wu There had been no sign of an increase in the sale of smuggled cigarettes since the tobacco duty was raised in this year's budget, Secretary for Financial Services ... of the tobacco-duty increase in the budget,' Professor Chan said. 'There is temporarily no sign of deteriorating sales of smuggled cigarettes in the market,' he said. 'If necessary, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/675555/no-sign-illicit-sales-smoke-duty-rise
  10. Smoking rise draws call to put up duties

    Posted Jan 31st 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Cigarette use up 13.8pc despite restaurant ban Anti-tobacco groups are calling on the financial secretary to raise tobacco duties after government figures show a 13.8 per cent rise in cigarette consumption since 2006 despite a smoking ban in restaurants. Low tobacco duties- which have not changed since April 1, 2001- have made Hong Kong cigarettes among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668422/smoking-rise-draws-call-put-duties

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