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Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance
Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap.371) was first enacted in 1982 with seven amendments subsequently. This ordinance is the major part of the legal framework on tobacco control in Hong Kong. The latest amendment was passed by the Legislative Council on 19 October 2006.
This ordinance controls and monitors tobacco use through
  • Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places;
  • Restriction on Sales of Tobacco Products; and
  • Restriction on Tobacco Promotion and Advertising.
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Fixed Penalty (Smoking Offences) Ordinance
“Fixed Penalty (Smoking Offences) Bill” received the Third Reading at Legislative Council on 2 July 2008. Under the “Fixed Penalty (Smoking Offences) Ordinance” (Cap 600), smokers who light-up in the statutory no-smoking areas will be given a fixed penalty of HK$1,500.
Apart from the Tobacco Control Inspectors and the Police, specified officers of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Housing Department are also empowered to issue fixed penalty notice in public venues under their management.
Offenders of the law are required to settle the payment within 21 days. Those who fail to comply will face heavier penalty or even imprisonment.
The fixed penalty system for smoking offence comes into operation on 1 September 2009.
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