Smoke Free Photo Collection Campaign reward winners
The theme of the World No Tobacco Day in 2007 is “Smoke Free Environments – Create & Enjoy!”. To mark this occasion, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) has organized a “Smoke Free Environments – Create & Enjoy!” Photo Collection Campaign, aims to promote the positive benefits of smoke-free environments to the general public. The finale was held on 23 February 2008 to present prizes to winners of the campaign.
COSH has collaborated with the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio One, with the support of the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Life Education Activity Programme (LEAP) and launched the Campaign in May 2007, emphasizing 100% smoke-free environment as the only effective measure to protect the public from the adverse effect of second-hand tobacco smoke. The major activity of the campaign was to call upon all primary school students in Hong Kong and their families to share their enjoyable experience in any smoke-free environment by submitting a photo depicting joyous images. The Campaign had received encouraging support and some 30,000 photo frames from 315 participating schools had been received.
Today’s prize presentation ceremony was officiated by Dr. York CHOW, SBS, JP (Secretary for Food and Health), Dr. P.Y. LAM, JP (Director of Health), Dr. Homer TSO, BBS JP (COSH Chairman), Prof. LAM Tai-hing, JP (COSH Vice-chairman), Mr. Philip CHOW (Head of Chinese Programme Service, RTHK), Mr. CHEUNG Wing-hung (Chief Curriculum Development Officer, Education Bureau), and local pop star Mr. Alex FONG. As the highlight of the event, the officiating guests were joined by the audience, including representatives from schools, students and their parents, friends and relatives, to pledge support for smoke-free environment. Talented local pianist Aristo SHAM, 11-year old, conducted a solo performance at the ceremony and expressed his support to a smoke-free Hong Kong.
Both Dr. Homer TSO and Mr. Alex FONG have given their view on smoke-free environments. Dr. TSO said, “Since the new smoke-free laws came into operation in January 2007, our public can now enjoy smoke-free environment in most public areas. People are now more aware of the hazardous of smoking and their demand for a smoke-free living environment is also increasing. Therefore it is our objective to make use of this Campaign to educate the younger generation the importance of a smoke-free living environment and we wish that young people can motivate their family and friends to support a smoke-free Hong Kong. They can do so by asking smokers to quit smoking as soon as possible as well as encouraging those non-smokers to help smoking family members or friends to quit.”The “Smoke Free Environments – Create & Enjoy!” Campaign has finally come to an end after a series of promotional events. The Council will continue to encourage the general public to support the building of a smoke-free Hong Kong and a better living environment.