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COSH Response to The Tobacco Control Policies Proposed by The Budget
2012.02.01
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) expressed disappointment for the decision of the Financial Secretary in the Budget this year that the tobacco tax will not be raised continuously.
 
COSH had issued an open letter to Financial Secretary earlier for raising tobacco tax to at least 75% of the retail price in financial year 2012-13. For the benefit of the public health of all Hong Kong people, the government should uphold the multi-pronged smoke-free policies by allocating more resources to support smoking cessation services and strengthen promotion and education on tobacco control so that citizens could fully understand the hazards of smoking.
 
Ms. Lisa LAU, COSH Chairman reiterated, "For the sake of fulfilling the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Hong Kong SAR Government should set a long-term target for a smoke-free community through comprehensive and multi-pronged tobacco control measures, such as continued tobacco tax increase, expansion of statutory no smoking areas, allocation of more resources for cessation service, smoke-free education and publicity programmes, etc.”
 
COSH expected the government to continue the implementation of tobacco control policy for a continued decrease of smoking prevalence by 0.5 percentage point so that the smoking prevalence could be dropped to 5% or lower after 13 years, i.e. 2025.”

30/1/2012- An open letter to the Hong Kong SAR Government
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