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SFH on tobacco control

     Following is the transcript of remarks (English portion) made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending the 30th Anniversary of Tobacco Control cocktail reception this afternoon (October 9):

Report: (On tobacco control)

Secretary for Food and Health: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the commencement of tobacco control initiative in Hong Kong. Throughout these thirty years, with the collaboration between the Government, committees on smoking and health, our NGOs, healthcare workers, as well as universities, we have done a lot of work, including public education, legislative control of smoking in terms of forbidding any advertisement on tobacco products, as well as in recent years the total control of indoor smoking activity. All of these initiatives have helped Hong Kong achieve a very low smoking rate among our population, which is about 11.1 percent. The rate is among the lowest in the world. But as the Chief Executive has the pledge, we will continue our initiative to drive all other measures to ensure that Hong Kong will become a smoke-free society.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Issued at HKT 19:55


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