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Government continues to strengthen anti-smoking resources

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Secretary for Food and Health, Dr York Chow, has

reiterated that the Government will continue to strengthen resources aimed
at tobacco control and the reduction of smoking to further protect public

Dr Chow made the remarks at today’s (May 29) “World No Tobacco Day 2011 –
Regional Launching and Award Ceremony” organised by the World Health
Organisation (WHO) in Hong Kong. During the ceremony, the WHO Regional
Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo, presented the World No
Tobacco Day Director-General’s Special Recognition Award to Dr Chow to
commend Hong Kong’s accomplishments in tobacco control.

Dr Chow expressed his gratitude to the WHO for its recognition of Hong
Kong’s efforts in tobacco control, adding that it was an honour for him to
receive the award.

Dr Chow said, “The award has been earned by various sectors working
dedicatedly in carrying out tobacco control policies and measures over the

These include the medical sector, the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and
Health, Legislative Council members, the academic sector, non-governmental
organisations, members of the public and certain government departments.”

The WHO declared May 31 as World No Tobacco Day with the aim of raising
awareness among people around the world of the harmful effects of tobacco
use and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Every year, the WHO recognises
individuals or organisations in each of the six WHO regions for their
accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the
form of the World No Tobacco Day Director-General’s Special Recognition
Award and the World No Tobacco Day Award.

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is the theme of this year’s
World No Tobacco Day. The Framework is the first treaty negotiated under the
auspices of the WHO, and provides new legal dimensions for international
co-operation in tobacco control. It represents a signal achievement in the
advancement of public health.

World No Tobacco Day 2011 is designed to highlight the treaty’s overall

Source: HKSAR Government

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