Smoking Cessation Pledge Ceremony Encourage elderly to live a smoke-free lifestyle
2013.10.22Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is committed to promote smoke-free lifestyle and partner with the community to construct smoke-free Hong Kong. In order to raise the awareness of elderly on tobacco control, COSH has organized Smoke-free Campaign for the Elderly in 2012. The campaign aimed to informing the elderly on the smoking hazards, clarifying misconception on smoking and quitting and encouraging the smoking elderly to quit to live a healthy lifestyle. Since 2012, COSH have visited over 50 elderly centres and shared smoke-free messages with over 2,000 elderly.
This year, COSH co-produces a series of radio segment “Smoke-free Campaign for the Elderly” with Radio 5 of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). By expert interviews and game quizzes, audience is able to understand the adverse effects of active and passive smoking, the latest tobacco control policies and smoking cessation services in Hong Kong. The Smoking Cessation Pledge Ceremony is held today to invite the smoking elderly to pledge to quit and show their determination to their family members and friends.
The officiating guests include Prof Sophia CHAN Siu-chee, JP (Under Secretary for Food and Health Bureau), Dr Christine WONG Wang (Head of Tobacco Control Office, Department of Health), Ms Lisa LAU, BBS, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Mr Antonio KWONG (COSH Vice-chairman), Mr David HO (Head of Radio 5 of RTHK) and Ms Annie LIU (Health Ambassador of Smoking Cessation Pledge Ceremony).
The Under Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia CHAN Siu-chee said that the Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to promote tobacco control and provided a wide-spectrum of smoking cessation services to the public. With effort of Department of Health, Hospital Authority, various non-governmental organizations and charities, the public are able to choose different kinds of smoking cessation assistance. Meanwhile, the Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline 1833-183 offers a convenient way for the quitters to obtain a variety of assistance. The Smoke-free Campaign for the Elderly helped to raise the awareness of elderly on tobacco control and Professor CHAN hoped more elderly smokers would quit smoking.
The champion of“Quit to Win”2012, Mr MAK Sun shared his quitting experience and showed his support to the quitters. Health Ambassador of the ceremony Ms. Annie LIU and other artists joined the ceremony and demonstrated how to persuade friends to quit smoking.
According to the latest Thematic Household Survey in 2011, 39.7% of daily cigarette smokers (around 65,000) were aged 50 or above. The research study conducted by School of Public Health and Department of Community Medicine of The University of Hong Kong in 2008 showed that current elderly smokers suffered a higher risk of death from all causes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases than the elderlies who never smoke.
Ms Lisa LAU, MH, BBS, JP, COSH Chairman reminded the elderly not to be misled by the common misconceptions of smoking cessation, “Health is one of the important keys to start a “second” fruitful life. It would never be too late to quit smoking and people of all ages should quit immediately.”
Quitters pledged to quit and showed their determination to the officiating guests and their family members, starting a healthy and fruitful second half of life.
The champion of “Quit to Win” of 2012, Mr MAK Sun and artists shared quitting experience and enjoyed a healthier life after the smoking cessation.
Artists shared the advantages of quit smoking with audiences through games.