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The daily cigarette smoking prevalence has dropped to 11.1%
2011.08.25
According to the Thematic Household Survey Report No. 48 released by Census and Statistics Department on 24 August 2011, the daily cigarette smoking prevalence of Hong Kong in 2010 (age 15 or above) was 11.1% which equivalent to around 657,000 daily cigarette smokers and is the lowest rate recorded since 1982.

Smoking Prevalence for Males amd Femals in Hong Kong

The daily cigarette smoking prevalence has droppedThe smoking prevalences of male and female daily cigarette smokers were 19.9% and 3% respectively. On average, the daily cigarette smokers consumed 13.4 cigarettes a day which was lower than that of 13.9 and 13.7 cigarettes recorded in previous two surveys (2007/08 & 2009/10).

This survey also revealed that nearly half (44.3%) of the daily cigarette smokers had tried or wanted to give up smoking. Other than health reasons, 17.2% of smokers wanted to quit smoking because of the expensive tobacco products. This reflected that tobacco tax hike is effective in encouraging smoking cessation.

The Head of the Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health, Dr Raymond HO expressed that the government will further enhance smoking cessation services and health promotion activities through collaboration with Hospital Authority and community partners including COSH, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Pok Oi Hospital, United Christian Nethersole Community Health Service, the University of Hong Kong, Po Leung Kok and Life Education Activity Programme for building a smoke-free Hong Kong. 

Ms Lisa LAU, Chairman of COSH reiterated that to further lower the smoking prevalence in the Hong Kong, it is necessary to prevent youth smoking and encourage smoking cessation. The government should support more initiatives on smoke-free education and promotion and allocate more resources on smoking cessation.

Sources :
1. Statistics and Census Department, HKSAR
2. Press Release of Hong Kong SAR Government
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