Plans are being drawn up to form a coalition of 50 groups to back the government's push for anti-smoking legislation. But Federation of Trade Unions legislator Kwong Chi-kin told the Sunday Morning Post that the tobacco-funded Committee on Youth Smoking Prevention will not be included. Mr Kwong, chairman of Action on Smoking and Health in Hong Kong, said the coalition wanted to bring together other tobacco-control lobby groups, medical associations and youth groups. 'We are thinking about gathering the anti-smoking forces in our society, and not just in Legco,' he said. The coalition is expected to be represented in Legco by medical sector representative Kwok Ka-ki and Joseph Lee Kok-long of the health services sector, he said. Mr Kwong added that the Committee on Youth Smoking Prevention would not be invited to join because of its links to Big Tobacco. The committee was set up to tackle the problem of teenagers smoking, and regards itself as part of the mainstream anti-smoking lobby. But it is mistrusted because of the revelation in 2001 that it had accepted $20 million from the now-defunct Tobacco Institute of Hong Kong. It has also been criticised for tackling only youth smoking and shying away from controversial issues such as smoking restrictions in public places. Committee project manager Li Cheong-lung said the group respected the decision. 'But if we were invited, then of course we will provide our support,' he said.