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E-Newsletter - February 2020




February 2020

Recent Events



Raising Tobacco Tax Substantially to Achieve Tobacco Endgame

Increasing tobacco tax has been proved as the single most effective measure to reduce tobacco use which can motivate smokers to quit and deter youth from starting to smoke. In Hong Kong, the tobacco tax has been frozen for the past five consecutive years and for eight years of the last ten years. COSH was extremely disappointed with the decision of the Financial Secretary not to raise the tobacco tax in the 2020-21 Budget.

COSH, tobacco control groups, academia, medical and healthcare professionals, parents and education sector, patient and quitter groups jointly held a press conference on 14 January 2020 to advocate the Government to raise tobacco tax by 100% and formulate the policy for annual tax increase to further reduce the smoking prevalence and achieve tobacco endgame as soon as possible to safeguard public health.

Reminds the Elderly "Never Too Late to Quit"

Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project 2019-2020 organized a series of media promotion activities, including health talks, workshop, radio promotion to enhance smokers' determination to quit and mobilize non-smokers, particularly the elderly, to encourage others to quit. “Smoke-free Elderly Ambassadors” Appreciation Ceremony was held on 7 January 2020, public health experts and guests engaged in dialogues on the benefits of quitting smoking.


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US Surgeon General's report reaffirms the health benefits of smoking cessation


The Surgeon General of the United States (US) has recently published the latest Report on Smoking and Tobacco Use, summarizing the scientific evidence on the benefits of quitting smoking.




Theme of World No Tobacco Day 2020: Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use 


The World Health Organization (WHO) designates 31st May of each year as the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The theme of WNTD 2020 is "Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use".



Global tobacco use is declining but stronger tobacco control is still needed 


The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a report on the global trend of tobacco use. The report demonstrates a downward trend of tobacco use and, for the first time, reduction in male tobacco users.





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