COSH said the imposition of heavier tax was also an effort to double prices of cigarettes in that country.
According to COSH, about 10.5 per cent of people in Hong Kong are smokers, adding that they currently pay about 7.3 U.S. dollars for a pack of cigarette.
The organisation urged the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to impose a 100 per cent cigarette tax increase.
Cigarette prices are low in Hong Kong compared to other developed economies such as Canada, Britain, Singapore and Australia, COSH said.
COSH cited a recent survey in which current smokers commented that the cigarette retail price should be increased to about 37.5 U.S. dollars per pack, on average, to effectively motivate them to quit smoking.
This it said was in a bid to increase the legal tobacco sales age, tightened enforcement, and allocate more resources for smoking cessation services and smoke-free education. (Xinhua/NAN)No tags for this post.