Public Health

Fuming bar owners to unite after losing smoking exemption

A group of bar owners believe that just because they sell the odd lunch or hot snack with their intoxicating drinks doesn't mean their patrons should be banned from smoking.

Sunday, 1 June, 2008, 12:00am

Smoking exemption for bars needs policing fairly

If there is any doubt that the government is responsive to public pressure, one needs only look at the way it drafts laws. These are frequently full of exemptions and grace periods. It is often done to satisfy vested interests and lobby groups. As a result, the full force of a proposed law can be significantly weakened.

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Cancer-fear study has at least a ring of truth

The mobile phone is such a prominent feature of life in Hong Kong that there are 1.52 mobiles for every person in our city of 7 million. The numbers clearly indicate that any possible health risk their frequent use may pose is far from most people's minds.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Bar fights revoking of smoking ban exemption

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

3,300 prosecuted under smoking ban

The Tobacco Control Office prosecuted about 3,300 people in the first year of an extended smoking ban, which covers some outdoor designated areas and all indoor public spaces. About 240 people breached the offence in parks, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Do you think the smoking ban is effective?

While the smoking ban is popular with the majority of residents, many feel the government has been lax in promoting the anti-smoking message and providing information on quit-smoking programmes.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Parties, drugs tied to spread of HIV

Sex parties and use of soft drugs could have contributed to the spread of HIV among three clusters of Hong Kong men who have genetically linked infections, the Centre for Health Protection said.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Smoking ban 'bungled quit goal'

The government missed a golden opportunity to help smokers quit when the smoking ban was introduced almost a year ago, campaigners say.

The comments yesterday followed a poll that found that since the ban was imposed on January 1, nearly one in seven smokers had little idea of what could help them quit apart from will-power.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Alarm at HIV risk from men seeking sex across border

Health authorities are being urged to do more, and soon, to stop the spread of the virus that causes Aids by men who cross the border to have sex with other men.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Chattering colleagues a lengthy distraction

A recent survey has suggested that office chatter may reduce productivity in the workplace more than any other distractions employees are likely to face over the course of a working day, including smoking breaks.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


Enforcing the smoking ban will reduce Hong Kong's air pollution

Your story on AmCham's brochure '20 Ways to Save the Planet', (September 30) omits one key idea that would significantly help reduce the carbon emissions that worsen Hong Kong's air quality.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Spurious claims on pollution are insulting

Can the government help to explain how it justifies taking any credit for the supposed 'improved' air quality?

1 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


For a big-time drug dealer with an intimidating crew-cut hairstyle, Gabriel Zhang's line in dinner table conversation is surprisingly genteel.

'What's your favourite passage from the Bible?' he asks, as he picks at a plate of tofu and sips a cup of green tea. 'Mine is Matthew 26:41 - 'The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.''

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Majority of eateries unhurt by smoke ban

41pc of restaurants affected, survey finds

Nearly 60 per cent of restaurants said business did not suffer because of the smoking ban, a survey has found.

The survey by the catering industry found that the income of 41 per cent of restaurants in Hong Kong suffered because of the ban, while 19 per cent earned more since the ban came into effect in January.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


How can the smoking ban be better enforced?

Under the smoking ordinance, restaurant bosses can force their employees to give out ashtrays. But not under the labour laws.

Bosses have to take steps to prevent air pollution at work, and aiding and abetting illegal smoking is not allowed.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am