Smoking Cessation

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.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 7:10pm

Drug for smokers to quit could be a drag on resources

Beijing's municipal Legislative Affairs Office has released draft tobacco control legislation requiring medical institutions to provide 'guidance and help' for smokers.

31 May 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

Effectiveness may be little more than a smokescreen

The electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, was invented as a way for smokers to satisfy their nicotine cravings without inhaling the harmful ingredients found in ordinary cigarettes. But their effectiveness and safety have been heavily debated among researchers, clinicians and policymakers.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Canto-pop stars share tips to help you stub out

Quit Smoking - Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health Free Rating 9/10

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK's quit schemes ahead of pack in keeping people off evil weed

Hong Kong is one of the better performing parts of the world when it comes to quitting smoking.

Between 30 per cent and 43 per cent of smokers who joined quit programmes by the Hospital Authority and the Department of Health stayed smoke-free for a year, data from the schemes show. That is higher than the international average of 25 per cent to 33 per cent.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

26pc of women quit smoking after course

More than a quarter of women who have taken part in a university programme to quit smoking have successfully kicked the habit, a percentage said to be higher than the international average.

The good result was encouraging, an academic said, as tobacco companies increasingly targeted women as part of market expansion.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Campaigns to help smokers quit habit

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health launched a new advertising campaign yesterday to mark World No Tobacco Day and to get more Hongkongers to quit the habit.

The Quit to Win campaign says smoking is responsible for 6,920 deaths a year and costs the economy HK$5.3 billion a year, and a smoke-free environment will lead the community to 'better health and wealth'.

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Stop this deadly habit

We all know the facts about tobacco, but many Hong Kong teenagers ignore the hazards and continue to light up

Everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, lung damage and it can shorten life by at least 10 years. Yet a growing number of teenagers light up for many different reasons -

'I want to lose weight.'

'My friends smoke.'

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Give up the cigarette habit and have a bash at best quitter's award

Someone I know once said he could easily quit drinking because he'd done it many times already. Well, we heard cigarettes are a harder habit to break, but new lifestyle website www.redlife-asia.com is looking for a few smokers to take part in their Hong Kong Best Quitter challenge.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Doctors face surge as smokers quit

Increasing number of patients seek help to beat nicotine habit

A growing number of doctors have sought information on how to help their patients quit smoking since the ban on lighting up in public places took effect on January 1.

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Doctors face surge as smokers quit

Increasing number of patients seek help to beat nicotine habit

A growing number of doctors have sought information on how to help their patients quit smoking since the ban on lighting up in public places took effect on January 1.

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Has your resolve gone up in smoke?

I like statistics. Height of Two IFC: 415 metres. Diameter of the Earth: 12,756.3km. Size of Daniel Craig's chest ...

I'm sorry, what was the question?

Some statistics I don't like: Smoke 10 cigarettes a day for 10 years, that's a choking 36,500 butts.

So, how are the New Year resolutions going?

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

City Briefs

New programme gives car mechanics a tune-up

5 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

QUIT IT

Quit smoking

Most Hong Kong hospitals and many clinics have smoking-cessation programmes. Try:

Ruttonjee Hospital, Wan Chai,

tel: 2291 2000

Matilda International Hospital,

The Peak, tel: 2849 0111

Adventist Hospital, Mid-Levels,

tel: 2574 6211

Lose weight

31 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

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