Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law

Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law
Hello Ladies!
And a huge shout-out to all smokers who are planning to visit Hong Kong for the first time.

This post is perfect for you, and if you have friends who are smokers let them know about this post.
We all know that smoking is a long time vice that some people have, and we know too how much it is dangerous to our health. And the worst are the secondary smokers.

You don’t know how much irritating it is that someone next to you smoking like an erupting volcano and doesn’t careless AF to others.


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


I know smokers already knows that, but they can’t stopped because smoking turns to addiction.

Okay then granted you can’t be stopped smoking… but at least have decency to know where to throw your cigarette butts, right?!

So in spite of these old damn facts, why on earth am sharing this post?

It all started when one weekend I was randomly browsing some elite Hong Kong Facebook group online (which I am a member too), and I stumbled upon this one conversation thread.
Smoking is truly ban and adding your offence for littering is such a stupid idea.

Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law

Smoking in public is banned since 1st of January 2007, and anyone who committed this offence will be charged a fixed penalty of $1,500. Public areas includes indoor areas of all restaurant premises, indoor workplaces, and all public outdoor places specified by the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance. (Source)


Littering is another public offense and it very strictly observed in Hong Kong. Anyone who’s caught on littering will be charged a fixed fine of $1,500 for littering or spitting (Source)

And when I read his plea, I couldn’t help to burst in laughter.

Because he is literally asking the community for any ways to get away with his offense! Like, seriously, dude?


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


I didn’t reply to his post, as am waiting for true-blue Hongkongers to reply. And as expected, here are some of the comments and everyone is not happy about it.


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law

Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


The Law is the LAW. It is not an excuse that you are a tourist or locals, or even if it is your first offence.

Hong Kong Law might be harsh but there are many signs for a proper throwing of trash, and dedicated bins like everywhere so it is never an excuse to be so lazy to throw your shit on the proper bins.

People got so irritated that even someone said the police should double the fine for his stupidity.


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


Others even shared their related experience and also paid the fine:


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


Am telling you ladies and gents, wherever you are going eve not in Hong Kong never ever dare litter your shits all over because it’s inappropriate. I know that we are now living in a digital and fast-pacing era but this is never an excuse to your our brains and have common sense and decency.

I believe these two words cannot be deleted.


Smoking and Littering are Illegal and Why You must Never Dare the HK Law


Ohh by the way the fine is not in Hong Kong dollars but in US Dollars.

So for Filipinos readers, if you got caught smoking in public or committed a littering offence, you will be fined $1,500 or approximately Php75,000 per offence.

Sounds great right?!

Kudos to the Hong Kong police who caught that stupid dude. Serves you right!


xoxo, Blair


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  1. A hefty fine, indeed. Hope it will spur him to quit smoking. Yay to one fewer smoker in the world.

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    1. Hi Emily, I think the hefty fine is okay. Because each time you'll think of that fine, you will be discourage to litter and smoke anywhere. Adding this the shame-culture that they give to every violators.

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  2. I am a clean non-smoker. Lucky for me lol. In all seriousness, I am all for countries/cities that have cleanliness laws.

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  3. huhuhu.... my husband will not survive in Hk for sure... lol....

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    1. Hello Miera, your hubbie much bear and learn to smoke inside your bathroom when in Hong Kong. That's the safest way.

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  4. agreed . it's common sense . whoever dont know yet must read it.

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    1. LOL, dear common sense is becoming the newest luxury in the digital world.

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  5. Creating awareness is one the best thing about blogging. I'm not a smoker but it's good to inform all the smoker about the consequence of their funny smoking attitude in public

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    1. Yeah, and as a fellow traveler and jetsetter, it is not okay to just do whatever we want from the host country. Awareness is a key for a more friendly and memorable travel experience.

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  6. i love this kind of law. Msia should enforce this too.i hate when people littering.

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    1. Yeah and here in the Philippines too! We have a law about smoking and littering but I suggest they should hefty the fine!

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  7. Nice Information and good website Design

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  8. Dayum! Thank you for sharing this post and I do have friends who are smokers and literally through the butt anywhere. I wish they didn't!

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    1. Thanks Namrata!

      Hopefully they just avoiding it doing in Hong Kong, coz some Hong Kong police are ruthless, hahaha

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  9. Yah we must keep that in mind not only in HK but everywhere we go.

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    1. I agree Sunshine!

      We don't want to have that shameful travel experience :)

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  10. If its were in here, Malaysia, people would simply dare to smoke in front of no smoking sign. haha

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA same as here Zayani! And most are yuppies doing it!

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  11. Wa!! Seriously this dude is really dare enough to asking this kind of absurd question in Facebook! Serves him right!

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    1. LOL I know right !

      Well, nowadays common sense is the ultimate luxury.

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  12. I think this kind of laws should be enforcedd everywhere so people start listening and obeyingg. I would love to visit HK, love your post it is so.. untapped:) �� not another touristy guide.

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    1. Thank you Monika! I will post many Hong Kong guide that are non-touristy as you've described it :)

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  13. We visited Hong Kong recently and it's one of our favorite cities in the world! My husband and I don't smoke so it shouldn't be a problem for us! And of course no one likes a dirty city, laws are enforced to keep it clean!

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    1. Am glad that you've enjoyed Hong Kong. Have you tried hiking and biking too?

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  14. Wow, and can't say I'm surprised. I lived in Tokyo for 3+ years and worked in Hong Kong a lot, and also Singapore. I remember some really tough cases in Singapore for breaking the law so ... it makes sense that Hong Kong is following suit, so great that you're helping education people before they get one of these hefty fines.

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    1. Thank you Tina.

      Travelling is not only visiting these beautiful places or just to get an immigration stamped of approval. It is also about learning and appreciating these countries and following their laws, regardless we are locals or just their guests.

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  15. It's encouraging to see a country that takes smoking in public spaces and littering butts seriously. Having to pay such a large fine would certainly make a person think twice about breaking that law again.

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    1. I agree. Laws are there to obey and there's a good reason why. And any it is not a good attitude to throw cigarette butts or even smoke.

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  16. Haven't been to HK but my firends confirmed that this nation is impose strict discipline of cleanliness.

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    1. Yeah, but if smoking can't be avoided you have to educate yourself where you can get place that is permitted to smoke. Make those places be handy on your pocket :)

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  17. We wish smoking and littering were fined everywhere! Would love to live in a cleaner and greener city. Did this guy really think someone would actually support his plea!

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    1. LOL yeah I think so! He is stupid to ask that question.

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  18. Reading this made me laugh. That guy surely doesn't have much in the way of brains. I think littering is awful and so it's good Hong Kong has strict punishments. There's just no excuse for littering.

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    1. I agree. Well if the police just let you pay the fine, then you still considered lucky. Because there are some HK police that will shame you in public in addition of paying the fine, and that's worst.

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  19. I think it is great for them to be charged. It is sad that people litter so much.

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    1. Yeah and will make you think how does they live in their homes if they don't bother littering, hahaha

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  20. I get so annoyed when I see people flipping their cigarette butts everywhere. It's a gross habit to begin with!

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    1. Oh I know the feeling! Even here in Manila, fellow Filipinos are disgusting! They throw their cigarette butts everywhere, while the trash bin was just an arm away... ggrrr!

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  21. I'm actually all for this law! There's no need to litter, ever!

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    1. Yeah but still people don't care. So it is better to have this law.

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  22. It seems better to prohibit smoking in certain places, such as bus stops, outdoor dining, etc. There is a need to sit down and you have to inhale the smoke if you don't change your seat. Otherwise, I just take a few steps away from the smoker. Interesting topic, thanks :)

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    1. In Hong Kong and you are a smoker, it is advisable to list down those places that are allowed to smoke, and make those list handy, because you'll definitely get into trouble without it.

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  23. I personally this this law is awesome! I have been all over southern Europe where some of the beaches and streets are full of nasty cigarette butts YUCK! I think this laws rocks and good for Hong Kong! I want to come visit now!

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    1. Thank you Stacey. You will surely love Hong Kong too!

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  24. they are super strict laws for a reason. the penalties are harsh but effective.

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    1. Oh yeah very effective. My other friend was almost caught, what he did - instead of throwing it, he just swallow it the butts than pay a hefty fine.

      Well he is still fine, LOL

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  25. Oh man, I don't think I would EVER challenge a law in Hong Kong! Thank you for the information!

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    1. Thank you dear! Please share this post so that your readers will be awake of this law.

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  26. I wish this existed in the US. I hate walking around and seeing cigarette butts everywhere. I suppose it's a good thing that in NJ there are street sweepers that come around once a week to clean the street crevices, but not everywhere I've lived has them.

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    1. Street sweepers are also exist in Hong Kong, but it is also an advantage having this law. It makes everyone very discipline. But there are still idiot people like this guy above. Hahaha

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  27. Impressive fine, he better pay it. It is important to respect the laws of any country one visits (more so of the country one lives in) and well, not littering shouldn't even have to be a law. It's common sense.

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    1. But recently, common sense is becoming a luxury.

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  28. Hahaha, they got roasted for this! Good too! Hopefully this will be an example to anyone else who wants to go and drop their cigarette butts on the ground - especially when there are so many bins specifically for smokers!

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    1. Oh if someone can't find a trash bin, better put inside their pockets, or bags. Always bring your own plastic bags :)

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  29. I like this law. It definitely works for people who will not learn their lesson otherwise. I enjoyed reading those conversations They were quite funny at times.

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    1. LOL Thank you Ami!

      I will post more useful law from our neighbor cities :) Philippines are very lenient to this smoking law that's why there are many smokers and undisciplined people here.

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  30. That was a nice initiative from the government of HK. I believe smoking must be banned all over the world. It's dangers have been proven and I just can't believe why people still smoke.

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    1. I know right! Ah I wish it will also be implemented here in the Philippines.

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  31. This is a great law put in place! I hope that they will ban smoking in the future! :)

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    1. Smoking might not be completely ban, however everyone needs discipline to clean-up asking that stinks.

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  32. I love these laws! I mean, this is for better environment and I feel it shows how much respect one should show to the country he is in!

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    1. It is for the people to have discipline, for the city to have an organized place and for the environment for a better living :)

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  33. How awesome! I got a chuckle from reading the comments and tweets!

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    1. Hahaha me too. You see even Hong Kong expats can respect the local laws.

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  34. I don't know of too many places where littering is allowed. Whether you might get away with it is one thing, but never allowed. And then going to another country and feeling like you can get away with it . . . That's just silly!

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    1. I know right. Well some people thinks that they are superior and then can not be punished because they think that local laws are for locals, which is stupid.

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  35. Wow this is so interesting! Didn't know about that law, here in Italy we don't have so many restrictions for smokers. The key point, law or not, should be respect, for who doesn't smoke and for the surroundings!

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    1. Hong Kong is a city that is been living with many people from different cultures. And these laws are made for the sake of all the people. It must be respected in order us to be respected at citizens too.

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  36. Wow. He should just pay the fine and move on lol. I have family who are guilty for such things!

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    1. Paying the fine is very easy. But learn to change your attitude is way different.

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  37. I'm wondering why he even posted a question like that. I don't exactly like the way the people commented but you have to agree with them. If you're out, regardless of where you are... why would you throw trash on the street? He definitely deserved that.

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    1. I agree. Lesson is wherever you go, you must respect the laws of every land, and the laws of nature.

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  38. I was in Glasgow, Scotland, recently and my friend got an £80 on the spot fine for littering a cigarette butt. She too didn't think she'd done anything wrong. It's an attitude that really needs to change!

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    1. Exactly the point Elizabeth. Paying the fines no matter how much it costs is very easy. Changing our attitudes is a way tough for most.

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  39. Some people are so dumb, right? I wish smoking could be illegal everywhere! It's so annoying when someone smokes in front of you without any care.

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    1. I know right! AS if smoking makes them hot! Did you read the smoking scandal in the recent MET Gala? That's disgusting and disrespectful for the museum and for the patrons too.

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  40. 1500 is a hefty fine that should fix all the "am sorry I commited a crime ignorantly" folks. BTW, Ive been to HK on way to mainland China and love the side walk food stalls.

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    1. Yeah it is a hefty fine. But paying the fine is very easy. You can't change a bad habit.

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  41. I remember being in Asia. I truly do miss it, because I miss the fact that I do not have to worry about someone smoking in my face and dropping trash and stuff everywhere. It's so disrespectful to me.

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    1. Yeah, in Asia with strict laws, either you just pay the hefty crazy fine, or pay the fine and be humiliated AF in public. that's awful.

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