Centre strives to reduce Asian smokers’ mortality

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Smoking Cessation and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence at the Hong Kong Department of Health will train healthcare professionals, share information and test new methods in quitting smoking, WHO said. 

Hong Kong has experience in tobacco control, having already reduced adult smoking prevalence to about 11.1% from 23% in 1982 through strategies such as high taxes on tobacco products and public health warnings.

Hong Kong’s experience could be particularly helpful in reducing smoking in mainland China, which is home to approximately one-third