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COSH response to the tobacco control policies proposed by the Budget

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) expressed disappointment for the decision of the Financial Secretary in The 2015-16 Budget that the tobacco tax will not be raised.

Raising tobacco tax has been proved by World Health Organization and a number of global cases as one of the most effective tobacco control measures. In Hong Kong, calls received by the Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline of the Department of Health increased drastically after substantial increase in tobacco tax in the past. It was a solid evidence of the effectiveness of tobacco tax on motivating smoking cessation.

Publicity Event for Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme Demonstrates Smoking Hazards on Face

Smoking adversely affects your health, as well as your physical appearance. Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) launches the Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme, with support of various women associations, to promote smoking cessation among women and the hazards of smoking especially the women specific ones.

Advocate for a substantial tobacco tax increase to lower the smoking prevalence quickly in Hong Kong

According to the Tobacco Control Policy-related Survey 2014 conducted by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), the respondents commented that the cigarette retail price should be increased to HK$106 per pack on average (current retail price is around HK$55) to effectively motivate smokers to quit smoking.

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UK government bans smoking in vehicles carrying children


To protect children from secondhand smoke, the UK Parliament has passed the regulations to prohibit smoking in private vehicles carrying children in February 2015.
The law will be enacted on 1 October 2015. Anyone found smoking or failed to prevent other passengers smoking in vehicles carrying children under 18 years old could be fined £50 fixed penalty.



HKU study reveals smoking kills half of all elderly smokers: Government should strengthen tobacco control policies


The School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (HKU) and the Department of Health conducted a 11-year follow-up study based on the data from 18 Elderly Health Centres (EHCs) and found that, among elderly smokers aged 65 or above, at least one out of two was killed by smoking; and among those 85 or above, at least one out of four was killed by smoking.






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