Hong Kong has 592,000 smokers, with 11,600 individuals using e-cigarettes daily, says Census and Statistics Department

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6th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) has released the Thematic Household Survey Report No. 79, providing crucial insights into the smoking habits of the Hong Kong population. Conducted from May to August 2023, the survey sheds light on the patterns of smoking among individuals aged 15 and over.

According to the survey results, the number of daily conventional cigarette smokers in 2023 stood at approximately 577,300, accounting for 9.1% of the population aged 15 and over. This percentage represented a slight decline from 9.5% in 2021. On average, these daily smokers consumed approximately 12 sticks of conventional cigarettes per day in 2023, compared to around 13 sticks in 2021.

When considering individuals who consumed other forms of tobacco or related products, such as heated tobacco products, e-cigarettes, cigars, hand-rolled cigarettes, pipe-smoking, snuff/snus, and water pipes, the total number of daily smokers in 2023 reached approximately 592,100. This accounted for 9.4% of the population aged 15 and over, showing a decrease from 9.8% in 2021. Notably, there were around 11,600 daily smokers who specifically consumed e-cigarettes, representing 0.2% of the population aged 15 and over in Hong Kong. In comparison, the corresponding percentage in 2021 was 0.3%.