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FCTC Requirements For Hong Kong

Below is a response from Dr Edmund FONG (for the Director of Health), to questions asked by James Middleton of Clear The Air regarding FCTC requirements for Hong Kong


Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dear Mr Middleton,

I refer to your email on 19 January and our interim reply on 25 January 2008 regarding the implementation of World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Government adopts a multi-pronged strategy, comprising legislation, taxation, publicity, education and enforcement to seek, through a step-by-step approach, to discourage smoking, contain the proliferation of tobacco use and protect the public from passive smoking as much as possible.

As one of the measures to fulfill the requirements of FCTC, the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap. 371) underwent major amendments in 2006 to strengthen tobacco control regime in Hong Kong. The amendments expanded the statutory no smoking areas to a vast expanse of venues, introduced requirements on graphic health warnings and tightened the control on tobacco advertisement and promotion.

With effect from 1 November 2007, the packets or retail containers of tobacco products are required to bear health warnings in prescribed form with pictorial contents on two largest surface areas of the packet/retail container, one surface in English language and the other in Chinese language. The prescribed area of the health warnings on each surface is required to be at least 50% of the two largest surface area of the packet/retail container of the tobacco product.

Taxation on tobacco products remains to be one of our tobacco control strategies to be considered in the light of changes in the trend of tobacco consumption and smoking offences. The significant amendments to the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap. 371) and the proposed fixed penalty on smoking offences should have much bearing on this trend. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make proposals on the tobacco duty level as well as other useful means to reduce tobacco consumption based on our findings.

Thank you for your concern and support in tobacco control.

Best regards,

Dr Edmund FONG
for Director of Health


Sent: Saturday 19th January 2008

Dear Tobacco Control

What are the Government’s intentions as regards its requirements under the FCTC ?

What is Tobacco Control doing to get the administration to increase tobacco taxation in order to save lives ? There has been no increase for 7 years.

What is being done about graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette cartons ?

Both are mandated under the FCTC.

James Middleton
Clear the Air

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