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Government released the 2015 Hong Kong Smoking Prevalence
According to the Thematic Household Survey Report No. 59 released by Census and Statistics Department on 4 February 2016, the daily cigarette smoking prevalence of Hong Kong (aged 15 or above) was dropped to 10.5% in 2015 which equivalent to around 641,300 daily cigarette smokers. It is the lowest rate recorded since 1982. The smoking prevalence of male and female daily cigarette smokers were 18.6% and 3.2% respectively.

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is glad to see the further decrease of smoking prevalence in Hong Kong. COSH will continue to proactively advocate the Government for strengthening the tobacco control policies through a multi-pronged approach, such as public education, raising tobacco tax, enlargement of health warnings, extension of no smoking areas, strengthening of smoking cessation services and enforcement, etc. It is hoped to further reduce the smoking prevalence to single digit and achieve a smoke-free Hong Kong.

The report also covered a school-based survey on smoking among students commissioned by the Food and Health Bureau and conducted by the School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong during October 2014 to April 2015. Prevalence of current smoking and rate of ever e-cigarette use among secondary school students were 2.7% and 9.0% respectively, and those among primary school students were 0.2% and 2.6% respectively. In view of the widespread of e-cigarettes among youth and children, the Government should enact legislation to ban e-cigarettes as soon as possible.

1. Thematic Household Survey Report No.59, Census and Statistics Department, HKSAR
2. News Archives of Hong Kong SAR
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