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February 2016

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Enact Total Ban on E-cigarettes Promptly

The global sales of electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) surged exponentially in a few years by 170-fold to a total of US$3.5 billion in 2015 while its prevalence among youngsters also increased significantly in the U.S. and European countries. In Hong Kong, a wide variety of e-cigarettes are easily accessible and the potential health risk should not be underrated. COSH has serious concern on the spread of e-cigarettes and in March 2015, advocated a total ban on e-cigarettes.

World No-Tobacco Day 2016 

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 31st May of each year as the annual World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The theme of the WNTD 2016 is “Get ready for plain packaging.Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling information, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Publicity Campaign in Collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Disseminate smoke-free message to the public

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (“COSH”) has spared no effort to organize a wide range of smoke-free publicity campaigns targeting people from all walks of life. COSH will organize a Publicity Campaign in Collaboration with the Entertainment Industry which aims to mobilize the entertainment industry and artists to maintain a smoke-free image, as well as to encourage youngsters to say no to cigarettes and support smokers to kick the habit.

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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.



Studies found smoking ban reduces harm from passive smoking


Health risks due to secondhand smoke exposure could be reduced by smoking ban. It is recently reaffirmed by the local and overseas data.





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