Data source: Lam Ying Lee (CUHK MAE Student)
Map created by CUHK SpatioEpi Group
Under the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance Cap 371 in 2006, smoking is prohibited in “public pleasure ground” (PPG)s. The law has taken effect from January 2007, except in otherwise designated smoking area. PPG refers to an open area specified in the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance Cap 132. The map shows 12 of the PPGs in Wan Chai district. PPG coloured orange indicates no smokers and the absence of recent smoking evidence; red indicates smoker(s) found inside PPG; and purple indicates evidence of recent smoking only. The smoking situation is taken from an observational study in early 2008. Evidence of recent smoking is defined as the presence of any person smoking at PPG entrance and/ or cigarette litter/ empty packet found at the time of visit. This observation suggested that some smokers have continued to smoke in PPG although smoking is prohibited.
Tobacco products are made partly or entirely from tobacco leaf as raw material. It can be smoked, sucked, chewed or snuffed. Tobacco is addictive due to its psychoactive ingredient, nicotine.
Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, which are the leading causes of mortality in the world. It is estimated that tobacco usage kills one person in every six seconds, and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
Exposure to second-hand smoking is just as harmful. According to the International Labour Organisation, 200 000 workers die every year due to exposure to second-hand tobacco smoking at work.
Tackling tobacco-induced health issues remains one of the major challenges in public health globally.
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