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Cigarettes go up in smoke after fire at warehouse

The warehouse is used to store dutiable wine and cigarette imports.

More than 1,000 cartons of cigarettes stored in a warehouse in Kwai Chung were set ablaze by a fire that broke out early Thursday morning.

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Marlboro recruits smokers to its battle against plain packaging

Marlboro recruits smokers to its battle against plain packaging

With their backs to the wall amid increasingly tough regulations, as well as the looming threat of having to remove all branding from cigarette packets, tobacco companies need all the allies they can find.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Customs seize HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90 kilograms of tobacco were found in a container from Port Kelang in Malaysia. Photo: David Wong

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port Kelang in Malaysia via Singapore.

1 May 2013 - 5:52am

China must declare war on tobacco

Smoking kills an estimated 1.2 million mainlanders each year. Photo: Reuters

Christopher Columbus would have never imagined that, shortly after he introduced tobacco into Europe, it would become one of the main threats to health in several Latin American and Asian countries, as opium did in the 19th century, particularly in China.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:19am

Briefs, February 20, 2013

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan won election to a second five-year mandate but his rival alleged violations and international observers complained the polls lacked competition.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Budget must increase cigarette tax

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use. Photo: AFP

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use, especially among the young. The protection of young people from addiction to tobacco should be one of Hong Kong's highest public health priorities. 

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

Women smokers face greater health risks than in past

Female smokers are at risk from lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease and other health ailments. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Women smokers are at a greater risk than at any time in recent decades from lung cancer and other ailments linked to their tobacco use, according to a study published on Wednesday.

The research in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found a marked increase in deaths among female smokers from lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease and other health ailments.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:51pm

City Digest, January 7, 2013

A fresh water pipe burst beneath Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai yesterday.

A fresh water pipe burst beneath Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai yesterday leaving shops and households without water. 

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

European Union calls for ban on menthol cigarettes

EU plans bigger packet warnings and menthol-ban on cigarettes. Photo: EPA

The European Union executive has called for strongly flavoured cigarettes to be banned, and unveiled legislation imposing graphic images of the risks of smoking on all cigarette packaging.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Australia introduces plain packaging for cigarettes

An employee in a bookshop adjusts identically packaged cigarettes in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: AFP

A law forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets came into effect in Australia on Saturday in an effort to strip any glamour from smoking and prevent young people from taking it up.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:12pm

Women who smoke beyond 40 lose nine years off their lives, study finds

Smoking after 40 'takes 9 years off women's lives'

Women can add nine years to their lives by quitting smoking before the age of 40 but still face a 20-per cent higher death rate than those who never smoked, a study said yesterday.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

HK$3.3m haul of illicit cigarettes seized in Tsing Yi

Customs officers have seized illicit cigarettes worth HK$3.3 million and arrested three suspected smugglers in Tsing Yi, the government announced on Thursday.

A customs spokesman said the haul involved 110 boxes holding a total of around 1.3 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes. The cargo is worth about HK$3.3 million and the duty potential on the cigarettes is HK$2.3 million.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

Australia slammed a cigarette company for making a "sick joke" of new plain packaging laws by phasing in the new wrapping with the boast that "it's what's on the inside that counts".

13 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Quiz

Thursday is World No-Tobacco Day, and the theme this year is 'tobacco industry interference'. The World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to use this day, and continue throughout the next year, to educate policymakers and the general public about the tobacco industry's nefarious and harmful tactics.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

WHO focuses on 'a ruthless and devious enemy'

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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