The possibility of raising tobacco tax has come under the spotlight recently. The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health advocates that the government should raise the tobacco tax substantially to encourage smokers to kick the habit and prevent children from starting to smoke. Yet, the tobacco industry and its allies strongly oppose tax increases and reiterate their worries on the proliferation of illicit cigarettes.
Tobacco is addictive and lethal. It is proven that one in every two smokers will be killed by smoking. Although smoking prevalence in Hong Kong has dropped to its record low, 10.7 per cent, there are still around 645,000 smokers.