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The Hong Kong SAR government has started taking a more proactive role towards creating smoke-free environments and regulating the sale of tobacco products in Hong Kong in recent years.

A Smoke-free Hong Kong

With effect from 1 January 2007, statutory no smoking areas have been extended to cover the indoor areas of all restaurant premises, indoor workplaces, public indoor places, and some public outdoor places in accordance with the amended Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap. 371). No person shall smoke or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in no smoking areas.

For detailed information on Hong Kong’s Legislation and Health Promotion, please refer to the Tobacco Control Office website noted below.

Tobacco Tax

Hong Kong is still well-behind other developed countries in placing heavy taxes on tobacco-related products. However, a significant tax increase was implemented in 2010 and again in 2011. Health advocates and anti-smoking bodies continue to lobby the government to make further tax increases.

For the latest information on Hong Kong’s tobacco tax, please refer to the Custom and Excise Department’s website noted below: