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2023-09-21 RTHK Backchat interview | Calls to ban smoking by 2030

Making the suggestions in response to a public consultation ending this month, HKU researchers called on authorities to raise tobacco taxes to 75 percent of retail prices by next year before an outright ban in seven years’ time. Citing support from 70% of the 12,000 respondents surveyed between 2019 to 2021, the researchers described Hong Kong as being in the "best position" for such measures while highlighting a need to further incentivise smokers to quit. But despite attitudes towards smoking being rather unfavourable, smokers' groups have raised concern over what they say could potentially deprive them of their individual choice to smoke. What do you make of these proposals? Long overdue? Or too harsh?


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