“MPOWER in Action, FCTC Implementation” The 7th Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control Some 200 participants exchange views on tobacco control
2014.09.02Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) hosted “The 7th Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control” at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2 – 3 September 2014. The conference, with “MPOWER in Action, FCTC Implementation” as the theme, attracted some 200 tobacco control practitioners from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau to share and exchange their experiences and achievements.
To strengthen the collaboration in tobacco control and public health issues across the strait, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, Chinese Association on Tobacco Control, John Tung Foundation of Taiwan and Macao Tobacco Control Alliance have co-organized the “Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control” on a regular basis since 2007. The Conference aims to provide a platform for the tobacco control practitioners including government officials, academia, public health professions and representatives of non-government organizations to exchange views and experiences on tobacco control.
Officiating guests of the Conference’s opening ceremony included Dr KO Wing-man (Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR), Dr LEI Chin-ion (Director of Health Bureau, Macau SAR), Prof Sophia CHAN (Under Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR), Dr Constance CHAN (Director of Health, HKSAR), Ms Lisa LAU (Chairman, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health), Dr HUANG Jie-fu (Chairman, Chinese Association on Tobacco Control), Dr CHEANG Seng-ip (Convener, Macao Tobacco Control Alliance) and Prof YAU Sea-wain (CEO, John Tung Foundation of Taiwan). The officiating guests pledged to implement the Charter of “The 7th Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control” in joint hands. The Charter included implementing World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)” and putting MPOWER in action; establishing comprehensive legislation on tobacco control to reduce the use of tobacco and protect the public from exposure to secondhand smoke; as well as fostering a supportive environment for smoking cessation.
Ms Lisa LAU, Chairman of COSH said, “COSH will continue to put MPOWER in action and proactively implement FCTC, in order to encourage more smokers to quit smoking and minimize the life and economic losses induced by tobacco. Let’s strive for a smoke-free Hong Kong.” Ms LAU hoped the Conference could gather the strength of Chinese to protect the public health and enhance the collaboration of tobacco control organizations across the strait.
Dr KO Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health remarked that the HKSAR Government has been taking a multi-pronged approach including legislation, law enforcement, promotion, education, promotion of smoking cessation and taxation to contain the proliferation of tobacco use and protect public health in the past three decades. The Government would continue to strengthen the tobacco control policies in order to further reduce the smoking prevalence in Hong Kong to single digit. We should learn from the successful tobacco control strategies and experiences around the world to encounter the new challenges arising in recent years, for example the supervision on electronic cigarettes.
The “Contribution Awards for Chinese on Tobacco Control” were presented in the opening ceremony to recognize the contributions of the awardees in developing strategies, promotion or academic research in tobacco control in the cross-strait regions. Five awardees were Dr York CHOW (Hong Kong), Mr SHAN Guo-jin & Dr ZHI Xiu-yi (mainland China), Dr WU Hsein–lin (Taiwan) and Mr Samuel CHAN (Macau). The organizer also presented the “Special Award of Outstanding Contribution on Tobacco Control” to Prof Judith MACKAY to commend her outstanding achievements and tremendous contributions to tobacco control works across the strait and around the world.
International and local tobacco control experts including Prof Sophia CHAN (Under Secretary for Food and Health), Dr Constance CHAN (Director of Health), Dr Hana ROSS (Professor, Emory University and University of Cape Town), Dr Sarah DURKIN (Senior Research Fellow – Tobacco, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia) and Prof LAM Tai-hing (Chair Professor of Community Medicine & Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong) were invited to deliver presentations in the plenary sessions. Cross-strait experts also shared their views on the current trend in tobacco control and strategies for future development.
The next “Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control” will be held in Macau. For more details of “The 7th Cross-strait Conference on Tobacco Control”, please visit www.csctc.hk.
The officiating guests from cross-strait regions pledged to implement the Charter of “The 7th Cross-Strait Conference on Tobacco Control” in joint hands.
The “Contribution Awards for Chinese on Tobacco Control” and “Special Award of Outstanding Contribution on Tobacco Control” were to recognize the tremendous contributions of the awardees on tobacco control works across the strait.
The conference attracted some 200 tobacco control practitioners from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau to share and exchange their experiences and achievements.