Tobacco Control

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.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 11:29am 1 comment

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

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

Budget must increase cigarette tax

Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure in reducing tobacco use. Photo: AFP

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

Briefs, December 23, 2012

An anthology of 100 bamboo-themed Chinese poems has been published that features a foreword and a poem by former president Jiang Zemin.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Mainland outlines plans to cut smoking, without graphic labels

Mainland authorities have published a plan to reduce the world's largest population of smokers as part of a 2005 treaty, but without implementing recommendations such as warning labels that include photos of rotten teeth and diseased lungs.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

China Digest, December 19, 2012

The director of the supply and market co-operative in Lixin county, Haozhou, was ridiculed online after his portrait appeared on "anti-fake" labels on firecrackers, the Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

It would not be feasible to make bar owners responsible for illegal smokers

Allan Dyer's suggestion that bar owners should be held responsible for illegal smoking in their premises is too extreme and would be totally unjust ('Smoking bans are not enforced', June 20).

27 Jun 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

Still hazy after all these years

For at least six years, from the time anti-smoking legislation for restaurants and bars was first discussed, owners have complained that a ban will kill their businesses, staff have fretted over job losses and smokers have grumbled about the lack of choice.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


No betting rule hurts HK people

Japan's win against the US in the women's World Cup final has made the sport more popular than ever and one which I and a number of my male and female local and expat friends follow with great interest.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Smoking ban on way for indoor public places

China moved one step closer towards honouring an international commitment to reduce tobacco use by banning smoking in indoor public places including restaurants, bars and public transport, but tobacco control activists doubt whether the ban will be strictly enforced.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai's ban on smoking coughs up little

Shanghai's year-old partial smoking ban, the first such regulation in a mainland city, does not appear to have been very effective, with just 12 organisations and five individuals punished.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

For most Hongkongers, an easy commute is a dream

Strolling down from Mid-Levels on the escalator in the morning hardly counts as commuting. But a large proportion of Hong Kong's workforce do commute and do not find it an altogether pleasant experience, a recent survey by Regus, a so-called workplace solutions provider, shows.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Green benefits for community not apparent

31 Jan 2011 - 12:00am