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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

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

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

Customs seize HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port Kelang in Malaysia via Singapore.

1 May 2013 - 5:52am

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

Tobacco and roadside pollution more dangerous than bird flu

Given the rising concern over bird flu, it is worth recalling that there are other bigger killers in Hong Kong. In the past two weeks in which nine deaths have been recorded, Hong Kong's dirty air has led to 123 avoidable deaths.

8 Jul 2013 - 12:25pm

Smugglers cash in big on 'British' tobacco trafficked through Hong Kong

Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain, where it is sold at a 5,000 per cent mark-up, a government source says.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:33am

China must declare war on tobacco

Christopher Columbus would have never imagined that, shortly after he introduced tobacco into Europe, it would become one of the main threats to health in several Latin American and Asian countries, as opium did in the 19th century, particularly in China.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:19am

Budget must increase cigarette tax

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use, especially among the young. The protection of young people from addiction to tobacco should be one of Hong Kong's highest public health priorities. 

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am

Indonesia to add photo warnings to cigarette packs

Indonesia’s president has signed off on regulations that will require cigarette packets to bear photographic warnings and ban the use of terms such as “mild” and “light” in connection with tobacco products.

Tobacco farmer groups and tobacco companies have opposed the regulations in a country with one of the highest rates of smoking the world.

10 Jan 2013 - 2:47pm

Short Science, January 6, 2013

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

European Union calls for ban on menthol cigarettes

The European Union executive has called for strongly flavoured cigarettes to be banned, and unveiled legislation imposing graphic images of the risks of smoking on all cigarette packaging.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

WHO demands urgent smoking controls to curb number of deaths

The World Health Organisation has called for the urgent introduction of tobacco controls on the mainland to curb non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the biggest cause of deaths in China.

NCDs - chronic problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and lung disease - account for 83 per cent of deaths on the mainland and smoking is a major risk factor.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Australia rolls out world's first plain cigarette pack law

A law forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets came into effect in Australia yesterday in an effort to strip any glamour from smoking and prevent young people from taking up the habit.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:55am