Tobacco Advertising

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.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 9:19am

Call for tobacco ads to be banned from China's new media platforms

Tobacco control activists have called for the Advertising Law to be amended to ban cigarette companies from promoting their products on social networking platforms and other new media.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am

Time to focus on tobacco ads

A man smokes a cigarette against Hong Kong's shopping district. Photo: AP

Today, World No Tobacco Day, there is a perverse reason to envy Hongkongers still addicted to smoking: the cost of cigarettes has generally remained stable over the past couple of years, while the prices of most staples and essentials we buy regularly have risen.

31 May 2013 - 5:35am

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

Russia plans to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes

Russia is the world's second largest tobacco market after China. Photo: Reuters

Russia is cracking down on smoking with a bill to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes to help tackle a public health crisis in the world's second largest tobacco market after China.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:40am

Russia’s Medvedev calls for ban of tobacco ads

Two women smoke at a downtown street in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. Photo: AP

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday called for a ban on all tobacco ads as the government prepares a bill that would also phase out smoking in public.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:59pm

Butt out

Hands off! That's what we shout when the tobacco industry tries to undermine the laws that protect people from the ravages of tobacco use, and when it misuses the treaties designed to protect trade and investment in an effort to block a novel law requiring that tobacco be sold in plain, unattractive packages.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Activists want cigarette packs to lose allure

Fancy colours and lettering on cigarette packs should become a thing of the past to discourage smoking, local concern groups said yesterday to promote today's World No Tobacco Day.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am


Thursday is World No-Tobacco Day, and the theme this year is 'tobacco industry interference'. The World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to use this day, and continue throughout the next year, to educate policymakers and the general public about the tobacco industry's nefarious and harmful tactics.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

At pains to make it plain

Smokers in Hong Kong might soon have trouble telling brands of cigarettes apart as the government toys with the idea of demanding plain packaging to combat tobacco consumption.

Hong Kong is among about half a dozen jurisdictions that met recently to discuss the feasibility of such a move, says Judith Mackay, senior adviser with the World Lung Foundation.

8 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

WHO chief takes aim at tobacco industry

The world's health chief yesterday launched a scathing attack on the tobacco industry, accusing it of going against public opinion and using its vast resources to prevent world governments from implementing anti-smoking policies.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Confucius says my teacher is wrong

One of my teachers has set up a rule that everybody has to participate in the class. If you don't put up your hand, there are two reasons why you will be punished: you failed to contribute your views and you did not know the answer.

I have two reasons why I don't think this rule achieves anything.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Smokers want refund if Legco lowers duty

Die-hard smokers who have borne the HK$10 retail price increase for cigarettes will press tobacco companies for refunds if the Legislative Council lowers its recently imposed increase on the tobacco duty.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tobacco industry may be in line for HK$300m refund

The government is facing the prospect of having to refund more than HK$300 million to the tobacco industry as lawmakers from major parties attempt to veto or slash the 41 per cent increase in cigarette duty introduced in the budget.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am