Health Effects of Tobacco

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.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am


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

Number of hard-core addicts rises

The successful implementation of smoke-free legislation in Hong Kong has led to an overall decrease in the total number of smokers. But the remaining smokers who are finding it difficult to quit are going on to become 'hard-core' smokers, according to a new study from Chinese University.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

WHO centre to help smokers quit is launched

Medical professionals from across the region will learn the lessons of Hong Kong's success in getting smokers to quit the habit with the launch of the World Health Organisation's first international centre for collaboration on smoking cessation.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

There is no excuse for smoking

Smokers should think about how they affect other people. More than 53,000 people die of second-hand smoke every year. Smoking outdoors is no better. You are just polluting the lungs of people you do not know.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

It's all smoke and mirrors

I used to smoke so much that a friend actually came up with a joke about my habit. 'If you're trying to find Sasha in a crowded room,' she said, 'just look for a cloud of cigarette smoke, and there she'll be, standing right under it.' A cloud sounds like an exaggeration, but that's how heavy a smoker I was.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

HK on track to becoming first smoke-free city

The dwindling number of smokers in Hong Kong is setting the city on course to become the rich world's first 'smoke-free' city.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Health bites

The spice of longer life

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tobacco tax too much, too fast for poor

Hong Kong risks becoming an international laughing stock if lawmakers vote down the government's proposed tobacco tax increase this week, the Council on Smoking and Health warned yesterday.

SCMP, June 13

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Boosting tax best way to cut smoking, expert says

Raising the tax on tobacco products was a globally tested and proven way to cut the rate of smoking, World Health Organisation anti-tobacco adviser Professor Judith Mackay said.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

For nicotine addicts, smoking is not an occasional pleasure

I refer to Markus Shaw's letter ('Officials' nanny state outlook is creating a society of small minds', March 1).

The comments he makes are similar to those from major tobacco companies when they are faced with their Armageddon - a tobacco tax increase.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Rich, powerful women more likely to light up

Powerful and wealthy women are more likely to take up smoking, according to a worldwide study.

Researchers from Canada's University of Waterloo looked at 74 countries, including China. Their findings were published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. Hong Kong was not included in the study.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Railings on Bowen Road have actually made it more dangerous

I have been happy to see letters in these columns with regard to these unnecessary and dangerous railings going up around Hong Kong. Residents of Bowen Road have had to face this situation since they were installed a few years ago.

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Smoking physician, heal thyself

China's top cardiologist regards tobacco as the biggest risk to the health of its people but faces a major obstacle in controlling it - more than half of the country's male doctors are themselves smokers.

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


Is enough being done to police the smoking ban?

I would like to report that the Tobacco Control Office requires a very high standard of evidence before considering taking action against a smoker.

17 Aug 2009 - 12:00am