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June 20th, 2008:

Tobacco Inspectors Leaving Over Contract Terms

Oriental Daily – 20th June – SCMP

Frontline tobacco control inspectors, who are hired on non-civil servant contract terms, are leaving their posts in the run up to the effectiveness of fixed penalty and joint enforcement of the law by three more authorities from the first half of next year. The Tobacco Control Office admitted that over 20 per cent of inspectors had left in 2007 and 16 replacements had to be hired to fill all 85 inspector posts.