An open letter to the Chief Executive and Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR Government
2013.01.08Price measures have been shown around the world to be the single, most effective measure
in reducing tobacco use, especially among the young.
Tobacco is responsible for 7,000 deaths and community costs of more than five billion dollars annually in Hong Kong whilst if the cost of loss of life was included that figure becomes HK$ 73 billion (at 1998 costs).
We urge the Government to review its tobacco control strategy and ensure that in particular its legislative and fiscal measures are comprehensive, coherent, adequately staffed and rigorously enforced. The protection of young people from addiction to tobacco should be one of our highest public health priorities.
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