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  • Sep 16, 2014
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Cigarette tax still failing to meet international standard

Tax on cigarettes is still failing to meet levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, despite the increase announced in last week’s budget, the Council on Smoking and Health has warned.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 12:13pm 3 comments

Budget reaction: Tobacco duty increase ‘not enough’ to get smokers to quit

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has expressed disappointment at the increase in tobacco duty announced by Financial Secretary John Tsang in today’s budget speech, saying it is too small to affect smokers’ behaviour.

26 Feb 2014 - 7:10pm

Newspaper vendors say tobacco-tax hike could force them out of business

Struggling stall owners fear customers will ditch expensive habit, or turn to black market, as representative says 100 stalls may disappear. 

10 Feb 2014 - 2:41pm 1 comment

Life a drag at Hong Kong's first non-smoking jail

The Tung Tau Correctional Institution at Stanley is the city's first non-smoking prison, the latest bid to end smoking in jails. But the Correctional Services Department says smokers will not be forced to give up - those determined to continue will be sent elsewhere, while those who want to quit will be given counselling and support.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 1 comment

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

China's inertia on tobacco control 'promises costly tsunami of illness'

Mainland tobacco control campaigners liken their battles for more obvious and graphic health hazard warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on the promotion of tobacco products on social media sites to disarming a ticking time bomb.

31 May 2013 - 11:29am 1 comment

Doctors advise older smokers to be screened for lung cancer

Stepping into the debate over who should be screened for lung cancer, a leading medical specialty group issued new guidelines on Tuesday recommending that doctors offer annual low-dose CT (computed tomography) scanning to people whose age and smoking history puts them at significant risk of lung cancer.

7 May 2013 - 3:51pm

China tries to get serious on price limits for cigarettes

China's tobacco regulator is trying to enforce a price ceiling on cigarettes this year amid a general move to promote the government's austerity plans.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, March 21, 2013

I was naturally dismayed to read your reports about an attack on a child in Lantau by a Siberian husky, and I have the utmost sympathy for the child's family.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 10, 2013

The global investing public is increasingly paying attention to the corporate social responsibilities of listed enterprises. Profitability aside, corporate performance in environmental protection, social contribution and human capital development are being factored into people's investment decisions.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment