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Call for doubling of tobacco tax

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health on Wednesday called for tobacco tax to be doubled to encourage smokers to quit and prevent youngsters from smoking.

In a survey conducted by the Council, 73 percent of respondents, including smokers and those who have never smoked, supported raising tobacco tax annually.

More than 2,400 people were polled from May and September last year.

Sixty-five percent of them felt the 11.8 percent tobacco tax hike that was introduced in the current fiscal year had failed to encourage smokers to quit.

The majority of them also felt the price of cigarettes should be raised from HK$55 dollars a pack to HK$106, although said some smokers even supported raising the price to HK$171 dollars.

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