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A weak defence for global tobacco

The threat by a global tobacco company to invoke its Hong Kong-derived rights in Australia carries about it a strong whiff of desperation.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 4:50pm

Services aimed at helping gambling addicts are underfunded

Last month, the case of a Hong Kong mother who had left her young son at home while she went to Macau to gamble was widely reported. Shocking as it may have appeared to readers, it is not the first time such a case has been before the courts.

A Chinese University survey in 2006 found that many people's first encounter with gambling is through the casino.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:31am

Protest over green award for tobacco producer

A government-backed charity has come under fire for giving the world's largest tobacco producer an award for its 'significant contribution to ecological protection'.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils lack awareness over drug addiction

Only a quarter of secondary school pupils are aware that abusing drugs can be addictive, a survey has found, and the researcher warns that hidden drug addicts at schools are on the rise.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


In an article headlined 'Shenzhen manufacturers get the taste for e-cigarettes' published on B1 on February 18, 2011, a reference to electronic cigarette maker Dragonite International could have been taken to mean that the company does not possess patents related to e-cigarettes. The company, in fact, has patents in several countries.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Light up the track

Talking to Petrina Wong, you would hardly guess that she was a smoker. Fit and active, the 32-year-old journalist regularly takes part in triathlons and plays tennis and golf weekly. It is baffling why she would damage her body by smoking.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wagers and woes

Almost half of secondary school students have gambled in the past 12months, says a survey. Five per cent are problem gamblers.

The Youth Wellness Centre of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups says gambling games and mobile applications may make the situation even worse.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The smokescreens obscuring the truth

World No Tobacco Day today puts the spotlight on China, and not just because the mainland's estimated 350 million smokers consume 40 per cent of the world's tobacco. The mainland is also a case study in the theme of this year's no-tobacco day - interference by the tobacco industry designed to frustrate anti-smoking efforts.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Uphill battle to curb tobacco giants

Anti-smoking campaigners and health experts have outlined eight tactics they say the mainland's tobacco monopoly is using to undermine national efforts to curb the spread of the addictive product.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tobacco - the worst of all vices?

Something about tobacco brings out the fanaticism in otherwise tolerant and rational people. As a vice, it does not seem any worse than gambling, alcohol or prostitution. Yet there is a global anti-tobacco movement, while the other vices have not provoked a similar universal hatred.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am