An RTHK documentary, Smoke-free Planet, will look at efforts to stamp out smoking in Hong Kong and abroad. Cigarette smuggling and a proposed ban on smoking in Hong Kong restaurants are among the issues that will be examined. The government-funded Radio Television Hong Kong produced the 10-part Cantonese-language documentary, which will be screened on TVB Jade at 7.30pm every Saturday starting on October 4. The first six episodes will focus on smoking in Shanghai, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, India and the United States. Each episode will examine the problems related to smoking that each area is facing. The conflict between the tobacco industry and anti-smoking organisations is highlighted through various developments, such as the success of a ban on smoking in Thai temples. The series will also deal with issues specific to Hong Kong and discuss women smokers and the effects of cigarette advertising on youths. It will also include interviews with legislators Tommy Cheung Yu-yan and Lo Wing-lok. Liane Cheng Wai-fong, the executive producer of RTHK, said she started planning the documentary after reading about the World Health Organisation's Global Youth Tobacco Survey last year. The timing of the television premiere and the government's announcement that it was considering stricter regulations against smoking were a coincidence, she said. In 2001, the government proposed a ban on smoking in restaurants, which sparked an outcry from the catering industry. Then last month, a government official said the newly appointed director of health, Lam Ping-yan, saw tobacco control as one of his priorities. Since then, the local tobacco industry has said it wants an active role in the drafting of amendments to tobacco-control laws. The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, a government-funded group that conducts research and educational campaigns on smoking, said yesterday that it supported the government's move towards stricter public smoking regulations. Smoking kills about 6,000 people each year in Hong Kong, according to the Hospital Authority. Surveys have found that one in six adults in Hong Kong smokes.