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“Support Tobacco Tax Increase” Online Signatory Campaign

Objectives :
To protect the health of public, prevent youth smoking and encourage smoking cessation, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health advocates to Financial Secretary for raising tobacco tax until the tobacco tax accounts for at least 75% of the retail price.

Importance of raising tobacco tax :
1. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature death. World Health Organization estimates that over 5 million people are killed by tobacco every year. The number of death in year 2030 will exceed 8 million people.
2. Tobacco is responsible for 7,000 deaths caused by smoking and secondhand smoke and community costs of more than HK$5 billion annually in Hong Kong from many tobacco related diseases, such as Cancers, Cardiac Vascular Diseases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, etc.
3. Raise Taxes on Tobacco, is one of the most effective policies to control the spread of the tobacco epidemic and reduce tobacco consumption ─ current smokers will reduce tobacco consumption or quit smoking, non-smokers will be deterred from taking up smoking, especially children and youth, and ex-smokers will be discouraged to relapse into smoking.


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Show Your Support :
1. “Make a Wish” – Territory-wide students from primary and secondary schools have taken actions to urge for a smoke-free community through raising tobacco tax
2. “Tick Action” – and Online Polling
3. “Sign for Support” – Organizations and associations sign their support for raising tobacco tax and make a world record for the largest collection of support for a tobacco control campaign

Press Event

Date : 16 January 2011 (Sunday)
Time : 11:00 am to 12:30pm
Venue : Chater Garden, Central

Programme
1. Opening remarks by Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH

2. Remarks from Speakers
  • Hon Andrew CHENG, Member of the Legislative Council, HKSAR
  • Dr Daisy DAI, Chief Manager (Primary & Community Services), Hospital Authority
  • Prof LAM Tai-hing, JP, Chair Professor of School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Sophia CHAN, Professor and Head of School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Alvin CHAN Yee-shing, Vice – President of the Hong Kong Medical Association
  • Dr Sigmund LEUNG, President, Hong Kong Dental Association
  • Mr WONG Fan-foung, Chairman, The Board of Directors of Pok Oi Hospital

3. Introduction of “Make A Wish Raise Tobacco Tax School Campaign”
Make a Wish Ceremony by primary school students

4. Representatives of supporting organizations to pledge support
  • Mr MA Siu-leung, Vice-Chairman of COSH
  • Miss Iris LEUNG, General Manager, The Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society
  • Mrs LEE Yeung Yat-fan, Vice-chairperson, Hong Kong Federation of Women
  • Mr CHUA Hoi-wai, Business Director of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • Mr Antonio KWONG, Vice-Chairman of The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon
  • Mr Michael MAK, Representative of District Healthy Cities (Wanchai District)
  • Dr. CHAN Yiu-wing, Chief Staff Officer of the Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Ms Yolanda NG, COSH Member and District Council of Wanchai District
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