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Bolder steps are needed to reach Hong Kong’s “endgame” of a 5 per cent smoking rate and a midway goal of 7.8 per cent by 2025, including raising the levy on tobacco products, government advisers have said.

Dr Daniel Ho Sai-yin, an associate professor of the University of Hong Kong’s school of public health, suggested doubling the tax on cigarette packs to HK$76 (US$9.70) each, which would push the retail price to roughly HK$97.

Ho is also a member of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, which aims to educate the public and advise the government on the habit.