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Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013 kicks off Encourage 3.7 million workforce to live a smoke-free lifestyle
2013.06.17
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) and Radio 1 of Radio Television Hong Kong co-organize the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013, with full support of over 30 chambers of commerce and industrial associations. The campaign aims to promote smoke-free culture through the business sector to management, employees, customers, the general public and other stakeholders. COSH will assist companies to set up sustainable smoke-free workplace policies, provide smoking cessation assistance to smoking employees and encourage them to live a smoke-free lifestyle for an all-win situation.

The launch ceremony was officiated by Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP (Secretary for Food and Health), Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Mr Philip CHOW (Controller (Radio), RTHK), Dr Cindy LAI, JP (Deputy Director of Health), Prof LAM Tai-hing, BBS, JP (Director of School of Public Health, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Dr Christine WONG (Head of Tobacco Control Office), Prof Patrick WONG, BBS, JP (Chairman of Quit-Winners Club) and Mr Antonio KWONG (COSH Vice-chairman).

“COSH has been urging companies to promote smoke-free workplaces not only to comply with the ordinances, but also to support smoking employees to quit smoking for their well-being. We encourage the management to spread the smoke-free messages to employees, customers, the general public and other stakeholders for a smoke-free Hong Kong.” Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP, COSH Chairman said. Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2011 attracted participants from various industries and they shared fruitful experiences of smoke-free policies. Some of the creative ideas like tailor-made smoking cessation video, buddy programme for quitters and specially designed no-smoking sign with corporate image have won full support from employees. Ms LAU invited businesses from all sectors to join the Awards to support smoke-free culture, demonstrate their corporate social responsibility and set a role model for the industry.

Honourable Patron of the Awards, Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health remarked at the ceremony that 3.7 million working population in Hong Kong spend most of their time at workplaces. It is crucial for companies to set up sustainable smoke-free workplace policies and provide a smoking cessation platform to support employees to kick the habit, which also help enhance the health and efficiency of employees.”

Prof LAM Tai-hing, Mr YIM Kai-ming (former Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Marketing) and Mr CHAN Wing-luk (host of financial programme) shared ways to enhance corporate efficiency and brand value through caring for employees’ health and promoting smoke-free culture at the seminar. Hospital Authority, The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon, Pok Oi Hospital and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals also hosted information booths to introduce their smoking cessation services.

“Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013” is now open for enrollment until 30 September 2013 and welcomes all businesses to participate. Please call 2185 6399 or visit the website www.smokefreeleadingcompany.hk for more information.

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Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013 launch ceremony was officiated by (from left) Dr Christine WONG (Head of Tobacco Control Office), Prof LAM Tai-hing, BBS, JP (Director of School of Public Health, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr Philip CHOW (Controller (Radio), RTHK), Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP (Secretary for Food and Health), Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Dr Cindy LAI, JP (Deputy Director of Health), Prof Patrick WONG, BBS, JP (Chairman of Quit-Winners Club) and Mr Antonio KWONG (COSH Vice-chairman).
Photo 1: Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013 launch ceremony was officiated by (from left) Dr Christine WONG (Head of Tobacco Control Office), Prof LAM Tai-hing, BBS, JP (Director of School of Public Health, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr Philip CHOW (Controller (Radio), RTHK), Dr KO Wing-man, BBS, JP (Secretary for Food and Health), Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Dr Cindy LAI, JP (Deputy Director of Health), Prof Patrick WONG, BBS, JP (Chairman of Quit-Winners Club) and Mr Antonio KWONG (COSH Vice-chairman).


Officiating guests thank the support of smoking cessation service providers and over 30 chambers of commerce and industrial associations to the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013.
Photo 2: Officiating guests thank the support of smoking cessation service providers and over 30 chambers of commerce and industrial associations to the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2013.


Prof LAM Tai-hing (Director of School of Public Health, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr YIM Kai-ming (former Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Marketing) and Mr CHAN Wing-luk (host of financial programme) shared ways to enhance corporate efficiency and brand value at the seminar.
Photo 3: Prof LAM Tai-hing (Director of School of Public Health, Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr YIM Kai-ming (former Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Marketing) and Mr CHAN Wing-luk (host of financial programme) shared ways to enhance corporate efficiency and brand value at the seminar.
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