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Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards Kicks off
2011.09.26
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is organizing “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards” this year for the purpose of promoting smoke-free culture and encouraging more smokers to quit smoking. The campaign is fully supported by Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce with four thousands corporate members. The campaign targets businesses and employees to promote the smoke-free culture as corporate social responsibility in the workplace.

The launch ceremony was officiated by Dr York Y N CHOW, GBS, JP (Secretary for Food and Health), Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Dr Anthony WU, GBS, JP (Chairman of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce), Dr LAM Ping-yan, JP (Director of Health), Prof LAM Tai-hing, JP (Director, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr Bernard Charnwut CHAN, GBS, JP (President of Asia Financial Holdings Ltd.), Dr Patrick WONG, BBS, JP (Chairman of Quit-Winners Club) and Mr KWOK Chun On (Smoking Cessation Ambassador).

“COSH has been actively working on promotion of smoking cessation after the extension of designated no smoking areas to public indoor areas and workplace in 2007 for the sake of public health. This year, COSH is organizing “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards” with an aim to promote smoke-free culture and smoking cessation among businesses and their employees, for a smoke-free Hong Kong.” Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, COSH Chairman said. The Chairman also recommended businesses from all sectors to participate in the Awards and set a role model in the industry.

Honourable Patron Dr York Y N CHOW, GBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health made an opening remark at the ceremony, “With the support of the community, the smoking prevalence in our population has dropped significantly from 23% in the 1980s to 11% now. Notwithstanding the considerable progress made, the Government will continue its effort in promotion of smoking cessation and the fight against this global health epidemic. Nonetheless, the support of the community is crucial to the success of tobacco control.”

Prof LAM Tai-hing, JP (Director, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong) gave a briefing on the benefits of smoke-free workplace. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and Pok Oi Hospital also hosted information booths to introduce their smoking cessation services.

COSH had launched variety of community promotion campaigns like “Quit to Win Smoking Cessation Contest” and “Smoke-free Community Promotion Campaign” in recent years to promote smoking cessation. These campaigns served over 7,000 from all walks of life and included a series of territory-wide recruitment activities which have successfully attracted over 2,000 smokers to join.

“Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards” will be running from September 2011 to March 2012 and welcome all businesses to participate. Please visit COSH website www.smokefree.hk for more information of the Awards or call 2185 6388 for further details. 
 
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Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH, made the opening remarks of the ceremony

Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH, made the opening remarks of the ceremony

Honourable Patron Dr York Y N CHOW delivered a speech during the ceremony
Honourable Patron Dr York Y N CHOW delivered a speech during the ceremony

Dr Anthony WU, Chairman of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) recommended HKGCC members and all corporations in Hong Kong to take part in the Awards
Dr Anthony WU, Chairman of Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) recommended HKGCC members and all corporations in Hong Kong to take part in the Awards

Smoking Cessation Ambassador KWOK Chun On shared his cessation experience at the ceremony
Smoking Cessation Ambassador KWOK Chun On shared his cessation experience at the ceremony

The launch ceremony was officiated by the officiating guests
The launch ceremony was officiated by the officiating guests

 
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