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In regards to the surveillance of tobacco hazards, the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) continues its previous policies in 2005, a sustained collection of tobacco-related information from foreign and domestic databases. At the same time, it also published news releases on the electronic bulletin. The Center of Tobacco Research and Development continues to assess the nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide contents of locally made and imported tobacco products. Out of the 30 samples, 180 pieces were found as sufficient for research. The BHP has conducted a survey by phone on the smoking behavior of adults, senior high school students, and teachers and supporting staff of schools. The BHP also deals with subjects such as the advertisement of tobacco, intervention on tobacco consumption and trade, and policy on the control of tobacco smuggling. In addition, it conducts a one-year tracking and assessment of the prize-winning no-smoking families. It also uses tobacco control as a sample for analyzing the distinction among the receivers of health information. Other programs completed in 2005 included a renewal on the effects of helping the mother and quit smoking during pregnancy, the installation of a database for tobacco consumer surveys and analysis, a three-year plan for the analysis of secondary information and smoking behaviors in an online search system, and the evaluation of the effect of the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act.