Public Health

Thursday Think-tank

1 Deal on settlement of cross-border trade in yuan signed ... don't we already have it, using the Lowu train to carry large suitcases full of notes?

Thursday, 2 July, 2009, 12:00am


Should the smoking ban be delayed again?

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Attempt to delay smoking ban fails

A last-ditch attempt by a legislator to delay by two years the imposition of a smoking ban in nightclubs, bars and mahjong schools has been defeated.

Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing ruled that the attempt breached a ban on lawmakers introducing bills related to 'government policy'.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am

Legislators divided on smoking rooms

Legislators were split yesterday over whether bars and clubs should be allowed to introduce smoking rooms when a total smoking ban is imposed in July.

Opponents cited health fears and supporters cited business fears.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Smoking ban will cut patronage, poll finds

Some 88 per cent of patrons of more than 1,300 entertainment venues including karaoke rooms, saunas, nightclubs and mahjong parlours will stop going or reduce patronage when a smoking ban is imposed in July, a survey by the Entertainment Business Rights Concern group found. It said 85 per cent of patrons were smokers.

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Should the smoking ban be delayed?

I wish to convey my thanks to the anti-smoking lobby in Hong Kong. It has saved me a lot of money.

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Change heritage conservation laws in HK

17 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Should the penalty for drink-driving be increased?

The police commissioner is asking for public consultation on drink-driving.

The only real solution is zero tolerance - no alcohol when driving.

2 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Should the penalty for drink-driving be increased?

Time and time again we see drink-driving accidents, with sometimes fatal results.

I understand that the government has increased the penalties for drink-driving, however, they are nowhere near enough.

The law is failing to curb repeat offenders.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am


Should the full smoking ban be delayed?

To justify some of the smoking exposure study's findings ('Stick by full smoke ban, urge academics', December 10), the methodology needed to include examination of detailed medical records of all participants from childhood, against a control population.

13 Dec 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think of the Discovery Bay ferry plan?

Hong Kong Resorts International (HKRI) has not been transparent with the residents of Discovery Bay and has not fully listened to their concerns.

It has forgotten that it is the residents of Discovery Bay who have made the place such a success.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Education the key to drug-abuse fight

Economic downturns lead to unemployment, which is closely tied to drug abuse. With the number of young people using illegal substances sharply rising in the first half of this year and anecdotally increasing as the financial crisis deepens, it is clear that present methods of fighting the scourge are insufficient.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Greed guided those baying for bailout

Let's get this right. World financial markets have crumbled, investors the world over, big and small, have lost large chunks of their savings, but Lehman minibond holders want to come out of this global meltdown without losing a dime of their money?

15 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Government support vital for drug rehab

Christian Zheng Sheng College, Hong Kong's only secondary school with rehabilitation services for teenage drug abusers, is facing soaring demand for its services but has limited resources. There are not enough basic facilities, like toilets and beds.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Smoking-ban culprits should pay for help

Helping smokers to quit improves their health and saves lives. It also reduces the substantial burden smokers place on the health budget. A proposed change to a bill introducing a fixed penalty for lighting up in no-smoking areas therefore deserves serious consideration.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am