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Hong Kong

Harm

No Data

Deaths

% caused by tobacco: 2010

% of Men

% of Women

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

Buying tobacco robs families of the resources they need to rise out of poverty. A smoker in Hong Kong would have to spend 3% the of national median income to purchase 10 of the cheapest cigarettes to smoke each day!

Harms Environment

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of 177,895 endangered African elephants.

Harms Equality

To find more customers, the tobacco industry markets its products aggressively to women and children.

Harms NCDs

People living with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to smoke as other persons.

Industry

The combined revenues of the world's 6 largest tobacco companies in 2013 was USD342 Billion, 19% larger than the Gross National Income of Hong Kong. The industry is a powerful force that does not fear the actions of nation-states because their resources are often much larger.

Market

Adult Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

n/a%of Men

No Data

%of Female

No Data

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

n/a%of Boys

No Data

n/a%of Girls

No Data

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

n/a%of Adults

Because we do not know the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use in Hong Kong, future surveillance efforts must measure smokeless tobacco use prevalence in the population to help inform future tobacco control efforts.

Solutions

Current Policy in Hong Kong

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare Facilities
Smokefree Universities
Smokefree Government Facilities
Smokefree Indoor Offices
Smokefree Restaurants
Smokefree Pubs and Bars
Smokefree Public Transport
All Other Indoor Public Places Smokefree
Funds for Smokefree Enforcement

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNo Data
National QuitlineNo Data

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Hong Kong

Graphic

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

83%

Hong Kong

50%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Hong Kong

1

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Hong Kong

No

Warn about the dangers to whole population in a media campaign

Ran a national anti-tobacco campaign during 2011 and 2012

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

No

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Hong Kong

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising1 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertisingn/a of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent0% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Hong Kong

67.8% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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