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The Government increased the tobacco duty by 50% and imposed a total smoking ban in indoor public places in 2009. 

Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper saying whether you think the tobacco control is a clever policy and why. 

The following sentences in their present order can indeed form the skeleton(骨幹)of the letter.(以下句子順序即可組成致編輯函。)

l   Hong Kong saw a great leap in tobacco control in 2009! 

l   According to government statistics, the number of youngsters taking up smoking is high, and the number of female smokers is soaring, as many women believe slimline cigarettes and feminine packaging (女性化包裝)are stylish(有格調的) for them.

l   The Government has therefore set itself on an ambitious course on tobacco ban(走上雄心萬丈的控煙路).

l   Previously(過往), hotels and restaurants were asked to clearly separate where people can and cannot smoke, namely the smoking and non-smoking areas.

l   However, in July 2009, the Government imposed a total smoking ban in indoor public places, a move(行動)considered by many as a successful battle against secondhand smoke(打擊二手煙的勝仗). 

l   Again, in the name of protecting public health, the Financial Secretary increased tobacco duly by 50 per cent(加煙草稅50%in 2009 and proposed to abolish inbound duty-free concessions on tobacco products取消入境旅客可攜帶免稅煙草產品的優惠in 2010.  He vowed a phased increase of tobacco duty to 75% of retail price of cigarettes! (揚言會分階段將煙草稅增至香煙零售價的75% 

l   Such developments are hailed(贊成)by some and hated 討厭;憎死)by other members of the public (公眾).

Picture五一六通知,投自己一票,用你的一票爭取真普選,用你的一票踼走功能組別。

l   Smoking ban proponents(贊成禁煙人士)argue that the idea of a total smoking ban is gradually being accepted by customers(顧客正逐漸接受全面禁煙), and the ban can actually bring more customers to pubs(酒館) and eateries (食肆) since more nonsmokers(不吸煙人士)will begin patronizing(光顧)non-smoking pubs.

l   Officials of the Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health (衛生署轄下禁煙辦)preach宣傳;說教)that a high tobacco duty can save those who want to quit smoking(戒煙)but are not able to do it on their own.

l   Meanwhile(同時;另一方面), ban opponents (反對禁煙人士)argued (主張)that the Government has simply not done sufficient smoking policy research(政策研究), or is just trying to make the environment harsh for smokers deliberately(有意令煙民不好過).

l   They consider the total smoking ban unfair, as both smokers and nonsmokers are good citizens. A caring society (關愛的社會;但不是香港的社會!太多狗了)should always respect the interest(利益)and preference(偏好)of the minority(少數人士).  It is irrational(非理性)to require entertainment establishment operators(娛樂場所經營商)to clear out smoking customers.

l   Besides, the total smoking ban in all indoor facilities is practically unenforceable(實際上無法執行), either by the Government or the operators, and an unenforceable law will irreparably damage the Government’s prestige(將政府威信損害到無法彌補的地步). //It is simply unfeasible (難以實施的)to ban smoking in entertainment establishments (娛樂場所)such as bars(酒吧), clubs(會所), nightclubs(夜總會), bathrooms(浴室), massage establishments (按摩院)and mahjong premises(麻雀館).

l   Legally(法律方面), nightclub smokers will simply extinguish their cigarettes (熄煙)or even argue(爭論)with ban officers when they come.  And it is unrealistic(不現實)to expect pub-keepers to enforce smoking ban.  There was a startling case(令人震驚的案件)in Algeria(阿爾及利亞) whereby a pub-keeper was gunned down by a furious(盛怒的)customer when trying to stop him from smoking.

l   In the economic aspect(經濟方面), the restaurant industry(飲食業)is opposed to the total smoking ban in all public facilities公共設施,在這裡當作公眾場所, as they have serious concern about losing customers and possible sharp drops in business turnover(營業額). Most late-night customers are smokers who will simply shun(避開唔去)non-smoking “entertainment” places.

l   Last but not least(最後而且是同樣重要的一點), although it is scientifically established that secondhand smoking is harmful to the health of others, hence the smoking ban in public facilities, smoking is a matter of personal choice, and the Government has indeed gone too far(吸煙是個人選擇,禁了二手煙還要禁人抽煙係去得太盡,)to abolish inbound tobacco allowances for incoming passengers, as it is a right enjoyed by Hongkongers.(帶免稅煙是香港人的權利) 

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