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Government released the 2012 Hong Kong Smoking Prevalence
2013.11.08
According to the Thematic Household Survey Report No. 53 released by Census and Statistics Department on 8 November 2013, the daily cigarette smoking prevalence of Hong Kong (age 15 or above) was 10.7% which equivalent to around 645,000 daily cigarette smokers and is the lowest rate recorded since 1982.

The survey was conducted from September to November in 2012. The smoking prevalence of male and female daily cigarette smokers were 19.1% and 3.1 % respectively. On average, the daily cigarette smokers consumed 13 cigarettes a day which was slightly lower than that of 13.4 cigarettes recorded in 2010.

The report also covered a school-based survey on smoking among students commissioned by The Food and Health Bureau which conducted by the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong during October 2012 to April 2013. The survey collected the data on prevalence and trend of youth smokers in schools.

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health is glad to see the further decrease of smoking prevalence in Hong Kong. We will continue to organize different programmes to further promote smoke-free concepts and advocate the Government to further strengthen the existing legislation. With the joint effort of the Government and different sectors, it is hoped to further reduce the smoking prevalence to single digit in order strive for a smoke-free Hong Kong.

Source:
1. Thematic Household Survey Report No. 53, Census and Statistics Department, HKSAR
2. News Archives of Hong Kong SAR
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