Nursing Charter on Tobacco Control - Nurses commit to building a smoke-free Hong Kong
2013.05.04Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), together with The Provisional Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (PHKAN), are going to launch the Nurses Initiatives on Tobacco Control in Hong Kong, in which nurses will be encouraged to promote smoke-free messages and smoking cessation on their frontline positions and daily interaction with patients and the general public. The initiatives are supported by the Food and Health Bureau, the Department of Health and The Hospital Authority.
Signing Ceremony of the Hong Kong’s first Nursing Charter on Tobacco Control is held today to show the commitment of nurses to building a smoke-free Hong Kong. Officiating guests include Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Constance CHAN, JP, Director of Health, Dr CHEUNG Wai-lun, JP, Director (Cluster Services) of Hospital Authority, Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH, Dr Susie LUM, President of PHKAN and Presidents of the 14 Colleges of PHKAN.
Under the Charter, nurses commit themselves to being role models of non-smokers; assess and arrange smokers to quit smoking; and give health advices on the harms of smoking to the public.
Ms Lisa LAU, Chairman of COSH remarks that The World Health Organization is encouraging healthcare professionals to be proactive in minimizing the problems caused by tobacco addiction, consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. Nurses as healthcare professionals have a leading role in providing updated source of information on tobacco control to thousands of patients and public individuals that they are seeing every day. It is encouraging to know that interventions for smoking cessation led by nurses has increased the successful quit rate by up to 50%.
Dr Susie Lum, President of the PHKAN welcomes this Charter, which is a breakthrough in outreaching the community and partnering with COSH and other government and non-government organizations for a noble cause, that will benefit the health of the community. She believes that nurses are positioned to be beacon in tobacco control and be role models as non-smokers. Through working together, nurses can harness the knowledge and enthusiasm of the entire profession to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy workplaces, and healthy communities.
In order to gather support from nurses from all levels and in different health settings, COSH and PHKAN will be organizing a series of smoke-free programmes to motivate them to take a proactive role on tobacco control from June 2013 to February 2014, for example, nurses intervention to promote smoking cessation, health talks and video show. Training will be provided to equip nurses with the knowledge on smoking hazards and cessation. Also, nurses are encouraged to promote smoke-free messages to patients and the general public, as well as to advise patients to quit smoking.
Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH and Dr Susie LUM, President of PHKAN jointly signed the Nursing Charter on Tobacco Control
The Signing Ceremony is officiated by Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Constance CHAN, JP, Director of Health, Dr CHEUNG Wai-lun, JP, Director (Cluster Services) of Hospital Authority, Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, Chairman of COSH, Dr Susie LUM, President of PHKAN and Presidents of the 14 Colleges of PHKAN.