How Hong Kong made the smoking ban a success
Date:2012-10-05 00:00 

In tandem with the ban on smoking in public venues, Hong Kong instituted a number of punitive measures and posted tens of thousands of no-smoking signs in designated smoke-free venues. In addition, the government ran a series of non-profit ads on the public broadcasting service urging smokers to give up the habit, and then raised the excise tax on tobacco products, thereby increasing the cost of smoking. Most noteworthy is how the government is enforcing the ban: besides the Tobacco Control Office and Hong Kong Police Force, three other departments -  Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and the Housing Authority - have also been authorized to enforce the ban.