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March 1st, 2010:

Bars ignoring smoking ban taking our business, other pubs complain

smoking in bar

Patrons of bars in Tsim Sha Tsui can ignore the smoking ban as long as no one complains to the Tobacco Control Office - a loophole some bar owners say costs them business.

Updated: February 28, 2010

Source: South China Morning Post

Popular bars on Hong Kong Island are sick of abiding by the smoking ban while competitors in other parts of the city ignore it, and are demanding the government step in.

The owners claim that because they follow the law they are losing customers – while most others ignore the ban and are escaping with their profits intact.

Smoking legislation in Hong Kong, unlike jurisdictions elsewhere in the world, punishes smokers, not bars, for breaches. Rather than bar-owners facing losing their licences for failing to stop patrons from smoking, it is the individual smoker who faces prosecution. This means hundreds of bars are allowing smoking to continue as normal.


Turkey awarded for its efforts to create smoke-free environment

put that outFirst published: February 27, 2010

Source: World Bulletin

Turkey was awarded in the United States for its efforts to create a smoke-free environment.

The “Global Smoke Free Partnership” award was given to the Turkish National Committee on Smoking and Health which has been working for 20 years to create a smoke-free environment with participation of more than 40 state institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Professor Elif Dagli, chairperson of the committee, received the award at a ceremony at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.


Incoming passengers to lose duty-free concessions on tobacco products – fuller details

duty-free shopFirst published: February 27, 2010

Source: 7th Space

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, in his Budget
speech today (February 24) proposed to abolish duty-free concessions on
tobacco products for incoming passengers to Hong Kong as a means to further
protect public health.  Elaborating on the proposed arrangements, a
government spokesman said small amounts of tobacco products for own
consumption would be exempted to facilitate law enforcement. “Incoming
passengers may carry up to 19 cigarettes; or one stick or 25 grammes of
cigar (to cater for the varieties of packaging of cigars in the retail
market, incoming passengers who have with them more than one cigar will be
subject to a ceiling of 25 grammes); or 25 grammes of other manufactured
tobacco products,” the spokesman said.”Incoming passengers will be entitled
to only any one kind of tobacco product.