Cigarette tax still failing to meet international standard

Lisa Lau Man-man warns that cigarette manufacturers "ride on tax increases to make their price increases less obvious". Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

Packs of cigarettes on display in Lan Kwai Fong. The average pack will increase from HK$50 to HK$54. Photo: David Wong

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

Selling cigarettes brings in a third of the average stall owner's income. Photo: AFP

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

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

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'

Pupils pose with model cigarettes during a campaign for World No Tobacco Day at a school in Handan, Hebei province. Photo: Reuters

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

A man smokes next to a "No Smoking" sign in downtown Shanghai. US doctors are advising smokers to have CT screening for lung cancer. Photo: Reuters

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

Half of the adult male population on the mainland smoke, according to official statistics. Photo: Reuters

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

Huskies suffer during Hong Kong's summer. Photo: AFP

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

Tin Shui Wai library should be open longer. Photo: May Tse

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

Smoking on increase in Shanghai's 'disaster zones'

Shanghai saw smoking rates rise in internet bars, entertainment venues and restaurants last year, despite becoming one of the first mainland cities to introduce tobacco controls. Photo: Reuters

Officials referred to the three areas as smoking "disaster zones" and admitted the outlook for implementing the restrictions - imposed three years ago - was "not optimistic".

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Born-again non-smoker aims to save others

Kwok Shu-ming and his wife Pang Kit-fan celebrate his freedom to live his life without being tied to an oxygen machine. Photo: May Tse

After decades of smoking, Kwok Shu-ming's lung disease became so bad that he was "imprisoned" at home for seven years. However, he has been given a second chance to live thanks to an organ donor, and he has seized the chance to fulfil a dream that grew over those years trapped in his home - to persuade people not to smoke.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am

Letters to the Editor, March 3, 2013

The old Legco building before Earth Hour. Photo: Felix Wong

I was interested to read Dr Robert Hanson's letter ("'Green' light bulbs really a health hazard", February 22), replying to my letter ("Offer rewards for light-bulb recycling", February 17). However, I would like some references to back up the claims he made.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 3 comments

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June. Photo: AFP

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said on Monday.

The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places and will take effect in two stages.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:17pm

Make Hong Kong more family-friendly says women's survey

Su-Mei Thompson: themes

New research shows that Hong Kong requires better policies to make the city a more family-friendly place to live and raise children.

These findings are just one of many in a series of three big reports launched by the Civic Exchange and commissioned by the Women's Foundation, with financial support from Goldman Sachs.

23 Feb 2013 - 3:16am