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E-Newsletter - February 2019




February  2019

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"Smoke-free Run cum Carnival" Nearly 1,600 Smoke-free Athletes join hands to promote a healthy lifestyle through running

The "Smoke-free Run cum Carnival", organized by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) successfully concluded on 13 January at Hong Kong Science Park to encourage smokers to quit smoking through running, as well as motivate the public to build a smoke-free healthy lifestyle. The running race, joined by around 1,600 runners, was divided to different categories according to distances (10KM, 3KM and 800M), Individual, Smoke-free Family Team, School Team, Corporate Team and Smoke-free Buddy Team. Some participants promoted smoke-free messages through their creative and unique costume.

New APIs "Tobacco Mutated to Harm" and "Quit for Strength"

To spread the smoke-free messages across the territory, COSH launched two new APIs titled “Tobacco Mutated to Harm” and “Quit for Strength” in November 2018 and receiving positive feedback from the general public. The two APIs aim to alert the citizens that cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products are all harmful and encourage smokers to replace smoking by healthy habits such as doing exercise respectively.


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Urge for the immediate passage of the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019


The Government plans to amend the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance to prohibit the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes and other new smoking products, to protect public health. The amendment bill has been published in Government Gazette and is examined in the Legislative Council Meeting on 20th February 2019.



Theme of World No Tobacco Day 2019: Tobacco and lung health


The World Health Organization (WHO) designed 31st May of each year as the annual World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The theme of WNTD 2019 is "Tobacco and lung health".



"The Government plans to enact a total ban on e-cigarettes" selected as the Most “Like” Consumer News 


Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is glad that "The Government plans to enact a total ban on e-cigarettes" was voted by the public as the Most "Like" Consumer News and ranked the 6th in the "Top Ten Consumer News". It showed the public support and concern on the proposed measure to safeguard consumer rights and public health. The "Top Ten Consumer News (Year of the Dog)" was organized by the Consumer Council and received 4,653 votes.



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