PLANS to auction five million confiscated cigarettes made a mockery of the Government's anti-smoking policy, it was claimed yesterday. A government spokesman admitted the Finance and Health and Welfare branches were looking into the re-sale of contraband cigarettes and reviewing whether an auction next week should go ahead. The Government Supplies Department announced on Monday that it would auction contraband cigarettes for export next week. Legislator Dr Leong Che-hung said the issue would be raised at the next Health Services Panel meeting scheduled for May 10. ''If the Government subscribes to the view that [smoking] is hazardous to health then it is hazardous to everyone's health,'' he said. Dr Leong said it was disturbing that on the one hand the Government was moving towards a ban on cigarette smoking in public, yet was selling cigarettes for export to neighbouring countries. Fellow health panel member Dr Lam Kui-chun said the cigarette auction could be helpful if the Government pledged to spend the money raised on anti-smoking publicity. But a government spokesman said proceeds from the auction would go into the general revenue account. Other sources said the auction would probably be cancelled because it contradicted the official government policy of discouraging cigarette smoking. It is understood the Health and Welfare Branch was unaware that the Government auctioned confiscated cigarettes before publicity this week drew attention to the practice. Last year customs officers seized more than 43 million cigarettes, most of them smuggled across the border from China.