Smoking Ban

Beijing launches enforceable smoking ban

Beijing launches enforceable smoking ban

A ban on smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport comes into effect in a package of curbs welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates. (Photo: Xinhua) 

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015, 1:28pm

Smoking ban, tax would save 9m lives in India

An Indian man smokes a cigarette in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

A ban on smoking in the workplace and levying a tobacco tax could prevent more than 9 million deaths from cardiovascular disease in India over the next decade, according to a US study. In India, smoking is blamed for the deaths of one in five men, and one in three people report being exposed to smoking in the workplace.

12 Jul 2013 - 1:34am

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

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

Weibo is key to combating mainland corruption

Say no to cigarettes.

Pan Shiyi, chairman and co-founder of the property company Soho China, is one of the mainland's liveliest businessmen and an obsessive weibo user. Yesterday he regaled a humdrum Asian Financial Forum with his views on the best way to combat corruption on the mainland.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

What about the ICAC's probe into Donald Tsang?

Just go, says Tony Wheeler.

It is been more than six months since former chief executive Donald Tsang came to the attention of the ICAC for allegations that he had acted improperly as a result of his dealings with tycoon buddies, such as accepting rides in their private jets and yachts and agreeing to rent a luxury penthouse in Shenzhen at a bargain rate.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Mongolia to pass smoking ban

Patrons enjoy a drink and a cigarette in an Ulan Bator bar. From next year, doing so will carry a hefty fine. Photo: Michael Kohn

It's Friday night at the Grand Khaan Irish Pub and the house band is covering an Eric Clapton song, the waitresses are delivering pints of beer to patrons and thick clouds of cigarette smoke are wafting into the rafters.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:44am


Councillors need to 'serve the people'

It will soon be election time, and we shall read the promises, true and some maybe untrue, of candidates for the next Legislative Council.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The smokescreens obscuring the truth

World No Tobacco Day today puts the spotlight on China, and not just because the mainland's estimated 350 million smokers consume 40 per cent of the world's tobacco. The mainland is also a case study in the theme of this year's no-tobacco day - interference by the tobacco industry designed to frustrate anti-smoking efforts.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Passive smoking children face long-term health problems

Parents, think twice before lighting up in front of your children: you could be setting them up for long-term respiratory illness, according to a study presented last Sunday at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Francisco.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am


Bar staff have ashtrays for smokers

I could not agree more with Gibson Wong Lok-tak ('Many bars now ignore smoking ban', May 9).

The stagnant air sickens people, particularly in upstairs bars, and nobody seems to care about this situation.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am


Department's park projects are pointless

I appreciate Hong Kong has many parks, however, they are often very dusty and noisy.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking chop

On a three-day camp last month in Sai Kung, businessman Chan Chi-kin was in no mood to enjoy the greenery and pristine beaches around him. The 44-year-old, who smoked three packs a day since he was 17, had to summon all his willpower to fend off the urge to light up.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Apps and butts

If you're planning a visit to Kampong Glam, a shisha hot spot in Singapore's central region, don't be surprised if you receive an anti-smoking multimedia message on your phone.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Good examples will change behaviour

I totally agree with Chan Wai-yan's letter 'Why can't we get along with others?' (Young Post, March 13). There have been a lot of misunderstandings between Hongkongers and mainlanders because of cultural differences.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am