Public Health


Road map will need moderate safeguards

Within a decade, Hong Kong will experience a high degree of democracy.

Tuesday, 29 June, 2010, 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

It costs a couple of hundred dollars if you go watch the World Cup at a pub. If you can't afford it, you watch it in shopping malls. My friends in the US and Canada all watch the games at home - for free. But here in Hong Kong, we watch football as if we are beggars. It's ridiculous

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

Looking back, I do not think that it was a waste. The vaccines have completed their historical mission

Health Department chief Dr Lam Ping-yan, after the government announced it was dumping 2.8 million swine flu doses worth HK$220 million, which were ordered at the height of the worldwide pandemic last year

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Enjoy it all - if you are allowed to

The World Cup is a time when people get very excited, drink too much, smoke too much and don't get enough sleep.

The government knows this and it's worried about the welfare of its citizens.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


Medical science makes giant strides

Recently our school organised a visit to the Museum of Medical Sciences in Mid-Levels. The school's Form Four students joined the trip.

I was impressed by the improvements in Hong Kong's medical services in recent years.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Tobacco tax increase is best way to curb smoking

It took years to extend anti-smoking laws to restaurants and bars, a ban which came into effect last July. It has taken only a few months for activists to take their campaign to curb smoking outdoors. The Council on Smoking and Health is considering recommending that the government should introduce measures to corral smokers into designated outdoor smoking areas.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Official 'satisfied' at response on drug testing

The undersecretary for security says he is satisfied that 61 per cent of pupils in Tai Po are willing to join a voluntary drug-testing scheme.

Lai Tung-kwok said on a Commercial Radio programme yesterday that the remaining pupils had opted not to take part in the scheme for various reasons, but this did not mean they objected to drug testing.

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The futility of treating drugs as criminal, not public health, issue

The government's random school drug testing has generated much discussion on a multitude of legal, ethical, privacy and pupil-teacher/child-parent trust issues. I do not intend to repeat the arguments. Let us learn from other countries' experiences; there are basically two main streams of thought:

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Top court to rule on definition of 'indoor' in no-smoking law

The city's highest court will hear an appeal from the government over a ruling on the definition of an indoor area under the smoking-ban legislation.

The government is seeking an interpretation from the Court of Final Appeal on the question of what constitutes an indoor area under the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance.

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese medicine staff go hi-tech

Hundreds of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have taken their first steps towards being tech-savvy, with a computer course.

In a recent poll, about 80 per cent of 190 Chinese medicine practitioners said they supported the computerisation of clinic operations. The eHealth Consortium mailed survey forms in July.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tobacco officers drop planned protest at enforcing smoking ban

Tobacco control officers who had threatened industrial action have backed down four days before the smoking ban is extended.

Their union held a meeting with the Tobacco Control Office yesterday, which said later it expected a full team of 80 officers to report to work next Tuesday.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

We don't have time to issue tickets for defying smoke ban, staff say

Officers responsible for issuing fixed-penalty tickets for illicit smoking from Tuesday next week have been told to give priority to their original duties, raising fears they will not have time to enforce the smoking ban.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Enforcers pleased with smoke ban compliance

Most smokers are complying with the final phase of the smoking ban - and a new measure will soon provide a strong deterrent to those considering lighting up in prohibited places, a top law enforcement official says.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

World Expo hands back sponsorship from tobacco firm

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has handed back 200 million yuan (HK$227 million) in sponsorship funds from a tobacco company, state media reports.

If confirmed, the move would be a major coup for anti-smoking activists on the mainland, who have been pressuring authorities to live up to their commitments to international health treaties.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Smoking ban working well, tobacco office says

A week after the smoking ban was extended to bars and clubs, the Tobacco Control Office has issued only three summonses, though it received 59 complaints.

Thirty-six of the complaints involved mahjong parlours, while 12 involved bars, Ronald Lam Man-kin, the head of the office, said yesterday on a morning radio programme.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am