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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

New smoking ban to start Apr 30

The Government today reminded the public that smoking an alternative smoking product (ASP) will be banned in a statutory no-smoking area starting April 30, and offenders will be issued with a $1,500 fixed penalty notice.   The reminder came as the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 takes effect on April 30, when people will also not be allowed to carry an activated ASP in a statutory no-smoking area.   The ordinance prohibits the import, promotion, manufacture, sale and possession for commercial purposes of alternative smoking products.   Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.   The ban covers electronic smoking products, heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, and their accessories.   The ordinance prohibits the import of an ASP by way of parcels, cargoes or bringing in by incoming travellers. People bringing such products into the city must declare them to customs.   Starting this Saturday, inspectors from the Department of Health's Tobacco & Alcohol Control Office will conduct inspections, investigate complaints and carry out enforcement actions accordingly.   Click here for frequently asked questions, a pamphlet and other materials about complying with the legislative requirements.   On the World Day for Safety & Health at Work, the department reminded people to refrain from using any smoking products at workplaces, and urged smokers to quit smoking as early as possible.
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